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van1 British & World English

A covered motor vehicle, typically without side windows, used for transporting goods or people

van2 British & World English

The foremost part of a group of people moving or preparing to move forwards, especially the foremost division of an advancing military force

van3 British & World English

A winnowing fan

van4 British & World English

Informal term for advantage.

van English Thesaurus

he was in the van of the movement

van New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

capitalization as prefix to proper names is personal, and must be followed; Dutch names are usually lower case, Flemish and South African names may be capitalized; alphabetize under V in English texts

Van, Lake British & World English

A large salt lake in the mountains of eastern Turkey

Van in Turkish Van British & World English

A cat of a long-haired breed, with a white body, auburn markings on the head and tail, and light orange eyes

box van British & World English

A van with rigid sides

brake van British & World English

A railway carriage or wagon from which the train’s brakes can be controlled by the guard

panel van British & World English

A small van, especially one without windows and passenger seats

Van Doren British & World English

The name of a family of US writers and teachers

Van Nuys British & World English

An industrial and residential section of northwestern Los Angeles in California, a center of aerospace manufacturing

Van Buren New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Martin (1782–1862), 8th president of the US 1837–41

Van Dyck New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Sir Anthony (1599–1641), Flemish painter

Van Eyck New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Jan (c.1370–1441), Flemish painter

Van Gogh New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Vincent (Willem) (1853–90), Dutch painter

guard's van British & World English

A carriage or wagon occupied by the guard on a train

Heflin, Van British & World English

(1910–71) US actor; full name Emmett Evan Heflin, Jr. He appeared in many movies, including Johnny Eager (1942), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Shane (1953), and Stagecoach (1966)

removal van British & World English

A large van used to transport furniture and other household goods from one house to another

Turkish Van British & World English

A cat of a long-haired breed, with a white body, auburn markings on the head and tail, and light orange eyes

furniture van British & World English

A large van used to transport furniture

Morrison, Van British & World English

(B.1945), Northern Irish singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter; full name George Ivan Morrison. He developed a distinctive personal style from a background of blues, soul, folk music, and rock. Notable albums: Astral Weeks (1968) and Moondance (1970)

conversion van British & World English

A motor vehicle in which the area behind the driver has been converted into a living space

Van der Hum British & World English

A South African brandy-based liqueur made with naartjies (mandarin oranges)

van de Velde British & World English

The name of a family of Dutch painters:

Van der Post New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Sir Laurens (Jan) (1906–96), South African explorer and writer

ice cream van British & World English

A commercial vehicle from which ice cream is sold, typically at the roadside

Rip Van Winkle British & World English

The hero of a story in Washington Irving’s Sketch Book (1819–20), who fell asleep in the Catskill Mountains and awoke after twenty years to find the world completely changed

Van Allen belt British & World English

Each of two regions of intense radiation partly surrounding the earth at heights of several thousand kilometres

Van Dyke, Dick British & World English

(1925-), US actor and comedian; full name Richard Wayne Van Dyke. He starred in the television series The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66) and Diagnosis Murder (1993–2001). His movies include Bye Bye Birdie (1963), which he also did on Broadway 1960–61, and Mary Poppins (1965)

Van Eyck, Jan British & World English

(Circa 1370–1441), Flemish painter. He made innovative use of oils, bringing greater flexibility, richer and denser colour, and a wider range from light to dark. Notable works: The Adoration of the Lamb (known as the Ghent Altarpiece, 1432) in the church of St Bavon in Ghent and The Arnolfini Marriage (1434)

Velde, van de1 British & World English

, Henri, see van de Velde, Henri.

Velde, van de2 British & World English

, Willem and sons, see van de Velde.

white van man British & World English

An aggressive male driver of a delivery or workman’s van (typically white in colour)

Rip Van Winkle New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

hero of a story in Washington Irving's Sketch Book (1819–20)

Hoek van Holland British & World English

Dutch name for Hook of Holland.

Lucas van Leyden British & World English

(Circa 1494–1533), Dutch painter and engraver. He produced his most significant work as an engraver, including Ecce Homo (1510). His paintings include portraits, genre scenes, and religious subjects

Van Buren, Abigail British & World English

(1918–2013), US journalist; born Pauline Esther Friedman. Author of the syndicated “Dear Abby” advice column from 1956, she competed with her twin sister, advice columnist Ann Landers. In 1987, Van Buren’s column became coauthored with her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, who, by 2000, had assumed sole authorship

Van Buren, Martin British & World English

(1782–1862), American Democratic statesman, 8th President of the US 1837–41

Van Diemen's Land British & World English

Former name (until 1855) for Tasmania.

Van Gogh, Vincent British & World English

(1853–90), Dutch painter; full name Vincent Willem Van Gogh. He is best known for his post-impressionist work, influenced by contact with impressionist painting and Japanese woodcuts after he moved to Paris in 1886. His most famous pictures include several studies of sunflowers. Suffering from severe depression, he cut off part of his own ear and eventually committed suicide

van Leyden, Lucas British & World English

See Lucas van Leyden.


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