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van

noun \ ˈvan \

Definition of van

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 chiefly British :an enclosed railroad freight or baggage car

Origin and Etymology of van

short for 1caravan

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van

verb

Definition of van

vanned; vanning
transitive verb
:to transport by van

First Known Use of van

1840


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van

noun

Definition of van

Origin and Etymology of van

by shortening

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van

noun

Definition of van

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

Origin and Etymology of van

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

Other Transportation Terms



British Definition of VAN

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van

noun

British Definition of van

:an enclosed railroad freight or baggage car

VAN Defined for Kids

van

noun \ ˈvan \

Definition of van for Students

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


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