Definitions for vanvæn, vɑn

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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.

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Farias:

    Each van has to stock 450 plumbing parts.

  2. Tommy Thompson:

    Where this guy got in his van, I don’t know.

  3. Nikki Harris:

    Van Gogh became a painter because he had no ear for music.

  4. Hugh Doyle:

    We couldn't figure out how Ba Van Nguyen did it ; he was a Houdini.

  5. Donta Allen:

    I never see who's in the van, they( police) never tell me somebody else is in the van.

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