Definition of pantechnicon in English:

pantechnicon

noun

British
  • A large van for transporting furniture.

    • ‘After the war Mr Taylor took the models - so big they had to be loaded into two pantechnicons - to Paris and across the Atlantic to Canada, where they created a great deal of interest.’
    • ‘Even if Mr. Mopp cleared the place out and disappeared with a loaded pantechnicon, he could afford to replace just about everything.’
    • ‘A furniture pantechnicon was backing into the entrance of the freight elevator, and the carpets and stereo-speakers, dressing tables and bedside lamps would soon be carried up the elevator shaft to form the elements of a private world.’
    • ‘I have to weave about and even step into the road, because of the cars - and vans and trucks and the occasional pantechnicon - parked on the pavement.’
    lorry, articulated lorry, heavy goods vehicle, juggernaut
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from pan- ‘all’ + tekhnikon ‘piece of art’, originally the name of a bazaar in London for all kinds of artistic work, later converted into a furniture warehouse.

Pronunciation

pantechnicon

/panˈtɛknɪk(ə)n/