- vanvan1 [van]n.[abbrev. < VANGUARD]short for VANGUARDvan2 [van]n.[ME vanne < MFr van < L vannus, van, FAN1]1. Archaic a winnowing machine2. Old Poet. a wingvan3 [van]n.[contr. < CARAVAN]1. a closed truck or wagon for moving furniture, carrying freight or people, etc.2. a small, closed truck for utility use, as deliveries, repairs, etc., or customized for use as an RV, airport limousine, etc.3. Brit.a) a closed railroad car for baggage, etc.b) a delivery wagon or truckc) TRAILER (sense 3)vt.vanned, vanningto transport in a vanvi.to travel in a recreational vanvannern.van4 [van; ] Du [ vän]prep.[Du; akin to Ger von]of or from: in Dutch family names, van precedes a place name and together they indicate traditional place of origin: also Van
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