Caravan vs Carriage - What's the difference?

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Caravan is a hyponym of carriage.

As nouns the difference between caravan and carriage

is that caravan is a convoy or procession of travelers, their vehicles and cargo, and any pack animals, especially camels crossing a desert while carriage is the act of conveying; carrying.

As a verb caravan

is to travel in a caravan (procession).

As a adjective carriage is

related to a wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.




(en noun)
  • A convoy or procession of travelers, their vehicles and cargo, and any pack animals, especially camels crossing a desert.
  • * 1846 , ,
  • To the left the caravan animals, securely picketed, at regular distances of some fifteen yards apart, occupied an area of several acres.
  • * 1888 , ,
  • “Would they could have foretold that my caravan would have been cut up by the Shinwaris almost within shadow of the Pass!” grunted the Eusufzai agent of a Rajputana trading-house whose goods had been feloniously diverted into the hands of other robbers just across the Border, and whose misfortunes were the laughing-stock of the bazar. “Ohé, priest, whence come you and whither do you go?”
  • * 1897 , , Chapter 21,
  • Camel caravans , and courageous teamsters opened regular carrying businesses between Southern Cross and Coolgardie, while coaches began to run over the desert.
  • (UK, Australia, NZ) A furnished vehicle towed behind a car, etc., and used as a dwelling when stationary.
  • * 2006 , Roger Cross, Avon Hudson, Beyond Belief: The British Bomb Tests: Australia's Veterans Speak Out , page 92,
  • The caravans' were the demarcation between the non-radioactive areas and the radioactive areas. There were two main '''caravans''', one for people going into the forward area, and the other ' caravan was for people returning.
  • * 2009 , Chris Cleave, Incendiary , unnumbered page,
  • The best thing about caravans' is that they're always exactly the same, said Terence Butcher. You can tow your ' caravan to Brighton or Bournemouth or Bognor. Doesn?t make the blindest bit of difference. When you close the door behind you at the end of the day you?re home.
  • * 2010 , Jo Nesbo, Nemesis , page 357,
  • At the end of the car park were three caravans .

    Derived terms

    * caravan park, caravan site * caravaneer


    * (convoy or procession of travelers) camel train, convoy, wagon train * (furnished vehicle used as a dwelling) (US): camper, mobile home, motor home, recreational vehicle, trailer, travel trailer


  • To travel in a caravan (procession).
  • The wedding party got in their cars and caravaned from the chapel to the reception hall.
  • * 1957 , , Journal of the Assembly, Legislature of the State of California , Volume 1, page 92,
  • The provisions of the Vehicle Code covering caravaning of vehicles have been clarified to expedite this type of operation and still result in the proper observance of the objectives of that law.
  • * 1984 , Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Information Retrieval Limited, Animal Behaviour Abstracts , Volume 12, page 73,
  • Observations of caravaning were made on the domesticated musk shrew (Suncus murinus ) with particular reference to its developmental aspects.
  • * 2007 , Stanley Bennett Clay, Looker , page 89,
  • Brando, Dee, Omar, Jeanette, and Clymenthia caravanned up to the La Brea summit and down Overhill Drive, just past Slauson Avenue, to La Louisianne for drinks and a late-night snack.
  • (UK, Australia) To travel and/or live in a caravan (vehicle).
  • When my parents retired they really got back into caravanning .
  • * 1932', Walter Meade, '''''Caravanning'' , Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin, ''The Cecil Aldin Book , page 55,
  • It has to be remembered that, however enchanting the idea of caravanning may be, it is unlikely that it will consist entirely of watching sunsets and other people working — two of the most fascinating sights I know — but there are, regrettably enough, other and less romantic elements.
  • * 1986 , James Wilson Brown, Shirley N. Brown, Before You Go To Great Britain: A Resource Directory and Planning Guide , page 94,
  • British interest in camping and caravaning has recently increased considerably — so much so that today, camp parks are available in all parts of the country.
  • * 2002 , Don Loffler, The FJ Holden: A Favourite Australian Car , page 181,
  • Norm writes, ‘My wife and I did a lot of caravaning and it certainly didn?t pull the car out of shape, although lots of people thought it would!’

    Derived terms

    * caravanner




    (en noun)
  • The act of conveying; carrying.
  • Means of conveyance.
  • A wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
  • The carriage ride was very romantic.
  • (British) A rail car, esp. designed for the conveyance of passengers.
  • A manner of walking and moving in general; how one carries oneself, bearing, gait.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , II.i:
  • His carriage was full comely and vpright, / His countenaunce demure and temperate [...].
  • * 2010 , (Christopher Hitchens), Hitch-22 , Atlantic 2011, p. 90:
  • He chose to speak largely about Vietnam [...], and his wonderfully sonorous voice was as enthralling to me as his very striking carriage and appearance.
  • (archaic) One's behaviour, or way of conducting oneself towards others.
  • * 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 407:
  • He now assumed a carriage to me so very different from what he had lately worn, and so nearly resembling his behaviour the first week of our marriage, that [...] he might, possibly, have rekindled my fondness for him.
  • * 1819 , Lord Byron, Don Juan , I:
  • Some people whisper but no doubt they lie, / For malice still imputes some private end, / That Inez had, ere Don Alfonso's marriage, / Forgot with him her very prudent carriage [...].
  • The part of a typewriter supporting the paper.
  • (US, New England) A shopping cart.
  • (British) A stroller; a baby carriage.
  • The charge made for conveying (especially in the phrases carriage forward'', when the charge is to be paid by the receiver, and ''carriage paid ).
  • Hyponyms

    * araba * barouche * Berlin * brougham * booby * brake * cab * calash * caravan * carriole * carryall * cart * Catherine * chaise * clarence * coach * coachee * Coburg * coup * croydon * curricle * dennet * devil-carriage * dobbin * dormeuse * double * droshky * family * fiacre * fly * four-wheeler * gharry * gig * Gladstone * hackery * hackney * hansom * hearse * horse-box * horse-fly * hutch * jaun * Jersey * landau * noddy * phaeton * Pilentum * post-chariot * Rockaway * rumbelow * shigram * sledge * sociable * solo * sulky * surrey * tarantass * unicorn * vettura * Victoria * vinaigrette (person-drawn or pushed; not horse-drawn) * * voiturin * volante * wagonette * walnut-shell * whirlicote * whisky


  • Related to a wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power.
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  • *:Athelstan Arundel walked home […], foaming and raging.He walked the whole way, walking through crowds, and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage -horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
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  • *:a delighted shout from the children swung him toward the door again. His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise. ¶ "Phil!  You!   Exactly like you, Philip, to come strolling in from the antipodes—dear fellow!" recovering from the fraternal embrace and holding both lapels of his coat in her gloved hands.
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