Pronunciation: (van),[key] —n. 1. the foremost or front division of an army, a fleet, or any group leading an advance or in position to lead an advance.
2. those who are in the forefront of a movement or the like.
3. the forefront in any movement, course of progress, or the like.
—n. 1. a covered vehicle, usually a large truck or trailer, used for moving furniture, goods, animals, etc.
2. 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.
3. Brit. a. a railway baggage car.
b. a covered, boxlike railway car, as one used to carry freight.
c. a small, horse-drawn wagon or a small truck, as one used by tradespeople to carry light goods.
4. Also called van conversion. a conventional van whose cargo area has been equipped with living facilities, extra windows, and often increased headroom.
—v.t. to transport or carry (freight, passengers, etc.) in a van.
—v.i. to travel in a van.
Pronunciation: (van; Du. vän),[key] —prep.(often cap.) from; of (used in Dutch personal names, originally to indicate place of origin).