- vanS3 [væn] n[Date: 1800-1900; Origin: caravan]1.) a vehicle used especially for carrying goods, which is smaller than a ↑truck and has a roof and usually no windows at the sides▪ a delivery van▪ a van driver2.) AmE a large box-like car that can carry a lot of people3.) especially BrE a railway carriage with a roof and sides, used especially for carrying goods▪ a luggage van
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.