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van

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noun \ˈvan\

Definition of van

  1. 1 dial English :  a winnowing device (as a fan)

  2. 2 :  wing 1a



Origin of van

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vannus — more at winnow


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with van


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van

noun

Definition of van



Origin of van

by shortening


First Known Use: 1607


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van

noun

Definition of van

  1. 1 a :  a usually enclosed wagon or motortruck used for transportation of goods or animals; also :  caravan 2a b :  a multipurpose enclosed motor vehicle having a boxlike shape, rear or side doors, and side panels often with windows c :  a detachable passenger cabin transportable by aircraft or truck

  2. 2 chiefly British :  an enclosed railroad freight or baggage car



Origin of van

short for caravan


First Known Use: 1829

Other Automotive Terms


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van

verb

Definition of van

vannedvan·ning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to transport by van



1840

First Known Use of van

1840

Other Transportation Terms


Van

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geographical name \ˈvan\

Definition of Van

  1. salt lake E Turkey in Asia area 1419 square miles (3675 square kilometers)



Rhymes with van



VAN Defined for Kids

van

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noun \ˈvan\

Definition of van

  1. :  a usually closed wagon or truck for moving goods or animals





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