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Topic: MOTOR VEHICLES

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: caravan

van

noun
     
van
van S3 [countable]
1TTC 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 driver
2 American English a large box-like car that can carry a lot of people
3 especially British EnglishTTT a railway carriage with a roof and sides, used especially for carrying goods:
a luggage van
WORD FOCUS: car WORD FOCUS: car
big cars: limousine, people carrier British English, gas-guzzler AmE informal, estate car British English

small cars: compact American English, hatchback British English

other types of car: pickup, van, saloon British English/sedan American English, sports car, convertible, SUV American English, off-roader, four-wheel drive/4x4

where you park your car: garage, car park British English/parking lot American English, multi-storey car park British English, parking space, carport

someone who drives a car: driver, motorist, learner driver

someone who drives a rich or important person's car for them: chauffeur, driver


See also
car
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