Origin of van1
- 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.
verb (used with object), vanned, van·ning.
verb (used without object), vanned, van·ning.
Origin of van2
preposition (often initial capital letter)
Origin of van3
Origin of van4
Examples from the Web for van
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of van
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.
noun tennis, mainly British
Word Origin for van
"front part of an army or other advancing group," c.1600, shortening of vanguard.
"covered truck or wagon," 1829, shortening of caravan.