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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 driverTrucks, vans and caravans [C] US a medium-sized vehicle with windows all round, used for carrying more people than an ordinary carTrucks, vans and caravans

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.
See also
Describing the leading position
(Definition of van from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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