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van

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noun \ˈvan\

Definition of van

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

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

Origin and Etymology of van

short for 1caravan


First Known Use: 1829


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van

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Definition of van

vanned

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vanning

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to transport by van

1840

First Known Use of van

1840


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van

noun

Definition of van

Origin and Etymology of van

by shortening


First Known Use: 1607

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van

noun

Definition of van

  1. 1 dialectal, England :  a winnowing device (such as a fan)

  2. 2 :  wing 1a

Origin and Etymology of van

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin vannus, of uncertain origin


First Known Use: 14th century

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VAN Defined for Kids

van

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noun \ˈvan\

Definition of van for Students

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



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