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[pan-tek-ni-kon, -kuh n] /pænˈtɛk nɪˌkɒn, -kən/
noun, British.
a furniture van; moving van.
Also called pantechnicon van.
Origin of pantechnicon
1820-30; pan- + Greek technikón artistic, skillful (neuter of technikós); see technic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pantechnicon
Historical Examples
  • In the new pantechnicon is exhibited the modern art of Germany.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • The rest of his drawings he put into the pantechnicon, where they were every one of them burnt.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • I should think one pantechnicon would do, just for this parish.

    Touch and Go D. H. Lawrence
  • Passion in a pantechnicon or Elopements economically conducted.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • That is to say, it was a pantechnicon only by courtesy—Mr. Crump's courtesy.

  • And the onrush of the pantechnicon constituted a clear crisis.

  • In 1873, her furniture and other possessions were stored in the warehouse of the pantechnicon at the time of the great fire there.

  • It was a day such as Dublin placed away carefully into the pantechnicon of famous archives.

    No Defense, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • These and other removals did not necessitate the use of a pantechnicon; a four-wheeler sufficed on each occasion.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • "I knew we was goin' to 'ave a shower," and he proceeded to water the top of the pantechnicon.

    Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for pantechnicon


noun (Brit)
a large van, esp one used for furniture removals
a warehouse where furniture is stored
Word Origin
C19: from pan- + Greek tekhnikon relating to the arts, from tekhnē art; originally the name of a London bazaar, the building later being used as a furniture warehouse
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