What does the word van mean?

Usage examples for van

  1. " 'Tain't the van," the girl said, still holding him; " they tried to take him back to the Refuge the other night, and he's afraid of 'em. – Prisoners of Poverty Abroad by Helen Campbell
  2. Van der Myle replied that nothing would be left undone by their High Mightinesses to support the King faithfully and according to their promise. – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I. by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  3. " I am President Van Vorst," he announced in a dignified manner. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train