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[pan-tek-ni-kon, -kuh n]
noun British.
  1. a furniture van; moving van.
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Origin of pantechnicon

1820–30; pan- + Greek technikón artistic, skillful (neuter of technikós); see technic
Also called pantechnicon van.
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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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for pantechnicon


noun British
  1. a large van, esp one used for furniture removals
  2. a warehouse where furniture is stored
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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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