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.

Suggested Resources

  1. VAN

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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. The Art Newspaper:

    Van Gogh’s War: The True Story.

  2. Michael Farias:

    Each van has to stock 450 plumbing parts.

  3. Benny Ibarra:

    Like Van Halen said, 'This dream is over,'.

  4. Tommy Thompson:

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

  5. Nikki Harris:

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

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