1TTCa vehicle used especially for carrying goods, which is smaller than atruck and has a roof and usually no windows at the sides:
a delivery van
a van driver
2American Englisha large box-like car that can carry a lot of people
3especially British EnglishTTTa 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 carrierBritish English, gas-guzzlerAmE informal, estate carBritish English small cars:compactAmerican English, hatchbackBritish English other types of car:pickup, van, saloonBritish English/sedanAmerican English, sports car, convertible, SUVAmerican English, off-roader, four-wheel drive/4x4 where you park your car:garage, car parkBritish English/parking lotAmerican English, multi-storey car parkBritish 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 alsocar
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.