- the foremost or front division of an army, a fleet, or any group leading an advance or in position to lead an advance.
- those who are in the forefront of a movement or the like.
- the forefront in any movement, course of progress, or the like.
Origin of van1
- a covered vehicle, usually a large truck or trailer, used for moving furniture, goods, animals, etc.
- a smaller boxlike vehicle that resembles a panel truck, often has double doors both at the rear and along the curb side, and that can be used as a truck, fitted with rows of seats, or equipped with living quarters for traveling and camping.
- a railway baggage car.
- a covered, boxlike railway car, as one used to carry freight.
- a small, horse-drawn wagon or a small truck, as one used by tradespeople to carry light goods.
- Also called van conversion. a conventional van whose cargo area has been equipped with living facilities, extra windows, and often increased headroom.
- to transport or carry (freight, passengers, etc.) in a van.
- to travel in a van.
Origin of van2
- from; of (used in Dutch personal names, originally to indicate place of origin).
Origin of van3
- a wing.
Origin of van4
- Lake, a salt lake in E Turkey. 1454 sq. mi. (3766 sq. km).
- a town on this lake.
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for van
Finally, Van Cleef and Martin realize Liberty is going too far.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Artists like Mick Jagger and Van Morrison obsessively revered and imitated African-American blues and rock musicians.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
Production expenses: equipment rental, lights, lighting board, van rental, trailer rental, road cases, backline.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
“I went to a Jewish summer camp…” A van pulls up, and the two hop out, and immediately strip down and do a series of stretches.James Franco and Seth Rogen Get ‘Naked and Afraid’… And It’s Hilarious
December 8, 2014
It was in Saint-Rémy where Van Gogh sends his brother word of how all his sacrifice may soon be for nothing in this life.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind
December 7, 2014
Tell Mrs. Van Geist if she can't come down, I'll run up to her.
Mrs. Van Geist fixed her niece with a sudden look of suspicion.
A lovely girl, my dear Mrs. Van Dam,' she said; 'a privilege to know her.
I'm pretty sure that Mrs. Van Dam dislikes to see us together.
We all laughed hysterically, and then Mrs. Van Dam and John went away.
- short for vanguard
- short for advantage (def. 3) Usual US and Canadian word: ad
- any device for winnowing corn
- an archaic or poetic word for wing
- a city in E Turkey, on Lake Van. Pop: 377 000 (2005 est)
- Lake Van a salt lake in E Turkey, at an altitude of 1650 m (5400 ft): fed by melting snow and glaciers. Area: 3737 sq km (1433 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for van
"front part of an army or other advancing group," c.1600, shortening of vanguard.
"covered truck or wagon," 1829, shortening of caravan.