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  • 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 driver
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    • 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 vans
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

early 19th century: shortening of caravan.

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(the van)
  • 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 horses
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    • 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 flowers
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    • 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.

Origin

early 17th century: abbreviation of vanguard.

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  • 1 archaic A winnowing fan.
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    • 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.
  • 2 archaic or • literary A bird’s wing.

Origin

late Middle English: dialect variant of fan1, probably reinforced by Old French van or Latin vannus.

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British Tennis

Origin

1920s: abbreviation.

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