van

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noun (1)

1
a
: a usually enclosed wagon or motortruck used for transportation of goods or animals
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
chiefly British : an enclosed railroad freight or baggage car

van

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verb

vanned; vanning

transitive verb

: to transport by van

van

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noun (2)

van

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noun (3)

1
dialectal, England : a winnowing device (such as a fan)
2

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

short for caravan entry 1

Noun (2)

by shortening

Noun (3)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1840, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1607, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of van was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Van.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/van. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

van 1 of 2

noun

van

2 of 2

noun

1
: a usually closed wagon or truck for transporting goods or animals
2
: an enclosed motor vehicle shaped like a box that is used for a variety of purposes and has rear or side doors and side panels often with windows

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