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Etymology 1Edit

From Old Portuguese van, from Latin vadunt, third-person plural present indicative of vadō (I go).



  1. Third-person plural (eles, elas, also used with vocês?) present indicative of ir
  2. Third-person plural (eles, elas, also used with vocês?) present subjunctive of ir
  3. Third-person plural (vocês) affirmative imperative of ir
  4. Third-person plural (vocês) negative imperative of ir
  5. (informal) followed by infinitive, forms the third-person plural future indicative
    Eles vão comer carne.
    They will eat meat.
  • (3rd-person plural future indicative): root + -arão (1st conjugation), root + -erão (2nd conjugation), root + -irão (3rd conjugation)

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Portuguese vão, from Latin vānus (empty), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁weh₂-.


vão (feminine singular , masculine plural vãos, feminine plural vãs, comparable)

  1. vain
    1. pretentious, overambitious (excessively proud of oneself)
      Synonyms: convencido, desvanecido, enfatuado, gabarola, gabola, presunçoso, pretensioso, vaidoso, vanglorioso
      Antonym: modesto
    2. pointless; futile; useless; unhelpful
      Synonyms: inútil, fútil, frívolo
      Synonyms: útil, efetivo, eficaz
  2. empty (containing nothing)
    Synonyms: vazio, vago
    Antonyms: ocupado, cheio


vão m (plural vãos)

  1. a gap
  2. a vacant spot
  3. (architecture) a hole in the wall where a window or door is placed; a sliver, a breach
  4. (architecture) the empty space below a staircase
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