- 1A covered motor vehicle, typically without side windows, used for transporting goods or people: he was arrested and placed in the back of a police van [as modifier]: a van driverMore example sentences
- A team of nine scenes-of-crime officers were dispatched in a police van with blacked-out windows to search the couple's home last night.
- The 23-year-old, who has not been named by police, was driving a sports car which hit a van on the wrong side of the road.
- A spokesperson said two robbers approached the driver of a security van that was transporting the cash, forced him to the ground and tied his hands.
- 1.1British An enclosed railway vehicle for conveying luggage, mail, etc.: [with modifier]: he had been watching the marshalling of the fish vansMore example sentences
- This explains why Edwardian ladies had so much luggage, deposited in the baggage van by a team of railway porters.
- In more recent years pooled cabooses for mainline trains meant only assigned local and branchline train crews kept their own van.
- In later years a new coach shop was built at John Street and the West Toronto shops concentrated on freight and service equipment including rebuilding wooden vans.
- 1.2British A caravan.More example sentences
- Zoe is on the lookout for a place to stay, perhaps a van at the caravan park.
- New legislation for holiday vans came into force in recent weeks covering arrangements in caravan parks where vans are left on site for regular recreational use.
- The caravan park was crammed with campers, vans and tents.
early 19th century: shortening of caravan.
- 1The foremost part of a group of people moving or preparing to move forwards, especially the foremost division of an advancing military force: in the van were the foremost chiefs and some of the warriors astride horsesMore example sentences
- It made little difference what rank others in the van might bear.
- The men who they select from the whole force and station in the van are fleet of foot and fit admirably into cavalry action.
- After an attack by crossbowmen and infantry, the van of the French cavalry charged impetuously through their own infantry across the stream and up the slope on the other side.
- 1.1The forefront: he was in the van of the movement to encourage the cultivation of wild flowersMore example sentences
- As always the hospitality and courtesy of Mayo people in the Sportlann was early in evidence with Sean Feeney, John Prenty and May Moran leading the van.
- Two economies have been strikingly in the van of this advance: the US and China.
- The Australian dollar was again in the van last night, rising 0.6% against a broadly weaker US dollar.
early 17th century: abbreviation of vanguard.
- 1 • archaic A winnowing fan.More example sentences
- Nothing is more commonly found in the monuments of the heathen feasts than a small chest, a van, and a flute or a drum.
- One golden crop has felt the winnowing van, another now is ready.
late Middle English: dialect variant of fan1, probably reinforced by Old French van or Latin vannus.