[kam-ee-uh n; French ka-myawn]

noun, plural cam·i·ons [kam-ee-uh nz; French ka-myawn] /ˈkæm i ənz; French kaˈmyɔ̃/.

a strongly built cart or wagon for transporting heavy loads; dray.
a truck, as for military supplies.

Origin of camion

1880–85; < French < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for camion

Historical Examples of camion

  • With a roar of heavy wheels and a grind of gears a camion went by.

  • But I was in luck 'cause a Frenchman had just started his camion an' I jumped in and said the gendarmes were after me.

    Three Soldiers

    John Dos Passos

  • No one goes in or out except by military or Red Cross camion.

    Lest We Forget

    John Gilbert Thompson

  • It has been said that the first battle of Verdun was won by the camion service.

    "I was there"

    C. LeRoy Baldridge

  • At a railroad station on the way we had a collision that did for our camion completely.

British Dictionary definitions for camion



a lorry, or, esp formerly, a large dray

Word Origin for camion

C19: from French, of obscure origin
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