Meaning of “van” in the English Dictionary

"van" in British English

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uk /væn/ us /væn/

van noun (VEHICLE)

B1 [ C ] a medium-sized road vehicle, used especially for carrying goods, that often has no windows in the sides at the back:

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

More examples

  • There was a series of explosions and the van burst into flames .
  • The raiders machine-gunned everyone in the bank before escaping in a van.
  • The sound of the ice-cream van was borne into the office on the wind.
  • The van drivers refused to cross the picket line .
  • Do you want help bringing your stuff in from the van?

(Definition of “van” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"van" in American English

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vannoun [ C ]

us /væn/

a box-shaped road vehicle of medium size:

a delivery van

(Definition of “van” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)