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English definition of “van”

van

noun uk   /væn/ us  

van noun (VEHICLE)

B1 [C] a medium-sized road vehicle used especially for carrying goods, which often has no windows in the sides at the back half: a delivery van a Transit van a van driver [C] US a medium-sized vehicle with windows all round, used for carrying more people than an ordinary car

van noun (FRONT)

in the van of sth UK formal at the front, or in the most advanced position, of something: The US is in the van of the quest to establish contact with other planets.
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