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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch vāne, from Old Dutch *fano, from Proto-Germanic *fanô.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /vaːn/
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  • Hyphenation: vaan
  • Rhymes: -aːn

NounEdit

vaan f or n (plural vanen, diminutive vaantje n)

  1. vane, small flag (often pointed or pronged)
  2. banner, battle standard
    Synonyms: banier, krijgsstandaard, standaard
  3. weathervane
    Synonyms: windvaan, windwijzer
  4. (historical, otherwise archaic) A measure of volume for beer and other drinks, equivalent to about 5 litres.

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FinnishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Related to vain; the words were originally interchangeable.

ConjunctionEdit

vaan

  1. but (... instead)
    Se ei ole musta, vaan punainen.
    It is not black, but red.
  2. (colloquial) just, only
    Elämä on unta vaan. > Elämä on unta vain.
    Life is but a dream.
    Sä annoit mulle vaan kaks' euroo. > (Sinä) annoit minulle vain kaksi euroa.
    You gave to me only two euros.
  3. yet (but, however)
    Vaan kuinka väärässä olinkaan.
    Yet how wrong I was.

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