Definitions for vanvæn, vɑn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the vanguard.

Origin of van:

1600–10; by shortening


  1. a covered vehicle, usu. a large truck or trailer, used for moving goods or animals.

    Category: Transportation

  2. a smaller boxlike vehicle, resembling a panel truck, that can be used as a truck or for passengers or camping.

    Category: Transportation

  3. Also called van′ conver`sion. a van whose cargo area has been equipped with living facilities.

    Category: Automotive, Transportation

Origin of van:

1820–30; short for caravan


  1. Ref: wing (defs. 1, 2). 1 3

Origin of van:

1400–50; late ME, var. of fan1

Vanvæn, vɑn(n.)

  1. Lake, a salt lake in E Turkey. 1454 sq. mi. (3766 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. van(noun)æn, vɑn

    a vehicle like a large car without windows in back, used for carrying goods, equipment, etc.

    a moving van

  2. vanæn, vɑn

    a minivan


  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


  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.

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.

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

Translations for van

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a vehicle for carrying goods on roads or railways

He drives a van; (also adjective) a van-driver; a vanload of waste paper.

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