van
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vannus — more at winnow Date: 14th century 1. dialect England a winnowing device (as a fan) 2. wing 1a II. noun Etymology: by shortening Date: 1607 vanguard III. noun Etymology: short for caravan Date: 1829 1. a. a usually enclosed wagon or motortruck used for transportation of goods or animals; also caravan 2a b. a multipurpose enclosed motor vehicle having a boxlike shape, rear or side doors, and side panels often with windows c. a detachable passenger cabin transportable by aircraft or truck 2. chiefly British an enclosed railroad freight or baggage car IV. transitive verb (vanned; vanning) Date: 1840 to transport by van

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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