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Definition of "van" []

  • An enclosed boxlike motor vehicle having rear or side doors and side panels especially for transporting people. (noun)
  • A covered or enclosed truck or wagon often used for transporting goods or livestock. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A closed railroad car used for carrying baggage or freight. (noun)
  • To transport by van: vanned the horses to the racetrack. (verb-transitive)
  • To drive or travel in a van: vanned around the country. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "van" in a sentence
  • "If your van is a beater, you might not want or need comprehensive anyway."
  • "The horse stands thirteen hands if an inch; the van is a converted coster's barrow."
  • "I was in van full of tourists in an open air market in Nairobi in 1969 when we were all nearly lynched when one woman took one picture of the local crowd without permision."