from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A van for transporting or removing furniture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A place where all kinds of manufactured articles are collected and displayed for sale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A depository or place where all sorts of manufactured articles are collected for sale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun chiefly UK A depository or place where all sorts of manufactured articles are collected for sale.
  • noun chiefly UK A van, especially a large removal van. Originally pantechnicon van.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a large moving van (especially one used for moving furniture)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for pantechnicon van, after the Pantechnicon, the name of a building in London that in 1830 originally housed a bazaar selling craftwork but was later used as a furniture warehouse : pan– + Greek tekhnikon, neuter sing. of tekhnikos, of art; see technical.]

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From Pantechnicon, a building in Motcomb Street, London.


  • a kind of pantechnicon of slovenly knowledge; a knower of thousands of things that aren't so.


  • All as if it had tumbled haphazard off the pantechnicon of civilisation as it dragged round the edges of this wild land, and there lay, busy but not rooted in.


  • The whole place was so terribly raw and flat and accidental, as if great pieces of furniture had tumbled out of a pantechnicon and lay discarded by the road.

    Twilight in Italy

  • But at the nearby Good Hope Centre, a pantechnicon-load of ballot boxes from the populous Mitchell's Plain district was offloaded only shortly after

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • 'An enormous removal van,' she had said, 'a real pantechnicon, and polluting what's left of our country air with clouds of the filthiest black diesel fumes.

    Put On By Cunning

  • The D. C.4 was heavy, like driving a fully loaded pantechnicon after passing a test on empty minis, and the sheer muscle power needed to hold it straight on the ground and get it into the air was in the circumstances exhausting.

    Flying Finish

  • A pantechnicon concealed the manoeuvre from the traffic that followed.

    Men of Affairs

  • Ethel and St. Nivel, having an unlimited command of money, ordered pretty nearly everything they were advised to take, with the result that we required a small pantechnicon van to take our combined luggage.

    A Queen's Error

  • One G.S. waggon, laden till it resembled a pantechnicon, was soon in dire straits.

    With Our Army in Palestine

  • On landing in the street he wasted no time and nipped very neatly into the open back of the pantechnicon.

    Men of Affairs


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  • "Several muscular workers, dressed in overalls, had lugged the set from the back of a pantechnicon and into the drawing room."

    The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley, p 346

    May 10, 2010

  • In U.S., 'tractor-trailer'.

    November 8, 2015