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[kam-ee-uh n; French ka-myawn] /ˈkæm i ən; French kaˈmyɔ̃/
noun, plural camions
[kam-ee-uh nz; French ka-myawn] /ˈkæm i ənz; French kaˈmyɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
a strongly built cart or wagon for transporting heavy loads; dray.
a truck, as for military supplies.
Origin of camion
1880-85; < French < ? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was a wicked, blowy day, and I crept into a wrecked "camion" and sheltered there, and ate some lunch and slept a little.

  • It has been said that the first battle of Verdun was won by the camion service.

    "I was there" C. LeRoy Baldridge
  • But I was in luck 'cause a Frenchman had just started his camion an' I jumped in and said the gendarmes were after me.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • At a railroad station on the way we had a collision that did for our camion completely.

    With the Doughboy in France Edward Hungerford
  • No one goes in or out except by military or Red Cross camion.

    Lest We Forget John Gilbert Thompson
  • That night we bundled our bedding into the Ford camion, and slept in one of the deep champagne caves.

  • On the front seat of the camion a sleepless one handled the wheel, while beside him the relief driver slept on the seat.

  • There shall likewise be delivered 5,000 motor lorries (camion automobiles) in good order, within the period of thirty-six days.

  • With a roar of heavy wheels and a grind of gears a camion went by.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
British Dictionary definitions for camion


/ˈkæmɪən; French kamjɔ̃/
a lorry, or, esp formerly, a large dray
Word Origin
C19: from French, of obscure origin
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