What does van mean?

Definitions for vanvæn, vɑn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word van.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. avant-garde, vanguard, van, new wave(noun)

    any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)

  2. vanguard, van(noun)

    the leading units moving at the head of an army

  3. van(noun)

    (Great Britain) a closed railroad car that carries baggage or freight

  4. van, caravan(noun)

    a camper equipped with living quarters

  5. van(noun)

    a truck with an enclosed cargo space


  1. van(Noun)

    A (covered) vehicle used for carrying goods or people, usually roughly cuboid in shape, longer and higher than a car but smaller than a truck

    The van sped down the road.

  2. van(Noun)

    a railway carriage

  3. van(Verb)

    To transport in a van or similar vehicle (especially of horses).

  4. Van(ProperNoun)

    A male given name, diminutive of Vance or Ivan

  5. Van(ProperNoun)

    A large saline lake in eastern Turkey. One of three great tectonic lakes of the Armenian Highland. Famous for its Chalcalburnus tarichi fish and the 10th century Armenian cathedral on Akhtamar Island.

  6. Van(ProperNoun)

    A city on the shore of that lake.

  7. Origin: Short for caravan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Van(noun)

    the front of an army; the first line or leading column; also, the front line or foremost division of a fleet, either in sailing or in battle

  2. Van(noun)

    a shovel used in cleansing ore

  3. Van(verb)

    to wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel

  4. Van(noun)

    a light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others fore the transportation of goods

  5. Van(noun)

    a large covered wagon for moving furniture, etc., also for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition

  6. Van(noun)

    a close railway car for baggage. See the Note under Car, 2

  7. Van(noun)

    a fan or other contrivance, as a sieve, for winnowing grain

  8. Van(noun)

    a wing with which the air is beaten

  9. Van(verb)

    to fan, or to cleanse by fanning; to winnow

  10. Origin: [L. vannus a van, or fan for winnowing grain: cf. F. van. Cf. Fan, Van a wing Winnow.]


  1. Van

    A van is a kind of vehicle used for transporting goods or people. In British English usage, it can be either specially designed or based on a saloon or sedan car, the latter type often including derivatives with open backs. There are vans in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the classic van version of the tiny Mini to much larger vehicles such as the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford E-Series, and Nissan commercial vehicles. Vans run up to about 4 tons and are classified as Light Duty Trucks or Light Commercial Vehicles. Similar larger vehicles are lorries, and are not known as vans.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Van

    van, n. the front: the front of an army or a fleet: the leaders of any movement. [Abbrev. of vanguard.]

  2. Van

    van, n. a fan for grain, &c.: a vane, wing: a test for ascertaining the value of an ore by washing a small quantity on a shovel.—v.t. to separate ore in this way.—ns. Van′ner, an ore-separator; Van′ning. [Fr.,—L. vannus.]

  3. Van

    van, n. a large covered wagon for goods, &c.: a light vehicle, covered or not, used by tradesmen in delivering goods: a carriage in a railway-train for carrying luggage, for the use of the guard, &c. [Short for caravan.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Van

    a town in the Kurdistan Highlands, on the SE. shore of Lake Van, and 145 m. SE. of Erzerum; inhabited by Turks and Armenians.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'van' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4815

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'van' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1954

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'van' in Nouns Frequency: #1586


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of van in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of van in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:

    He was dragged a bit, but then you see him using his legs to get into the van, so he was able-bodied when he was in the van, and we know that when he was finally taken out of the van, he was unresponsive.

  2. Van Dyke lawyer:

    Van Dyke is very scared about the consequences that Van Dyke's facing. Van Dyke's concerned for Van Dyke wife and Van Dyke children. But Van Dyke's handling it like a professional, when you see the video alone it does not seem like a justifiable shooting.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Eerste straal van de zon brengt niet alleen het licht, maar ook geluk en hoop voor de wereld, glanzen en het verversen van het leven op aarde. Kijk uit, met dankbaarheid, hoop en optimisme in die eerste straal, die onze prachtige dag begint - elke dag! Maken een geweldige dag!

  4. Officer Dan Williams:

    My partner went and tried to get in through the van door, the flames came at him, he had to back out. I grabbed the fire extinguisher, I tried to extinguish the flames, but the van burst into flames very, very quickly and we were unable to assist in getting anybody out of the van.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Het is beter om een ​​dag te leven onbaatzuchtig helpen van de wereld dan levend te veel jaren van het leven zelfzuchtig helpen niemand anders dan zichzelf. Het leven is niet alleen over het aantal ademhalingen we nemen - maar over het aantal momenten en onze acties die de adem benemen en vooraf de mensheid.

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