American English

Definition of van noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a covered vehicle with no side windows in its back half, usually smaller than a truck, used for carrying goods a moving van a police van (= for carrying police officers or prisoners) a delivery van a van driver
  2. 2a covered vehicle with side windows, smaller than a bus, that can carry about twelve passengers
  3. Idioms
    in the van (formal)
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    at the front or in the leading position These artists felt themselves in the van of the movement, true pioneers.
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