mini·​bus ˈmi-nē-ˌbəs How to pronounce minibus (audio)
: a small bus or van

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On our way from the ship back to Kariba Airport, our minibus had to make a quick maneuver in reverse to avoid the ire of two bull elephants walking down the road. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2023 Frankye Duckett dropped off an elderly woman and returned to his Maryland Transit Administration minibus in a hurry following an argument with a man on Jan. 29, 2021. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 1 May 2023 Before the killing, Haitian National Police had stopped and searched the victims in a minibus in the neighborhood of Canape-Vert, seizing weapons and other equipment, according to a statement from the Haitian National Police. Richard Roth, CNN, 26 Apr. 2023 Amid ambient washes of sound, Heinali, whose real name is Oleh Shpudeiko, integrates field recordings from across Kyiv: the horns of minibuses that ferry workers in from the suburbs, or the crowds in Landscape Alley, the open-air sculpture park overlooking the Dnipro River. Jason Farago, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2023 One afternoon at the end of March, barely a month into Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, nine slightly rumpled officials from the U.S. Treasury Department emerged from a train at the Brussels station, boarded a waiting minibus, and headed toward the headquarters of the European Union. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 2022 Max Kim tells the story of Choi Byung-moon, one of the special-forces soldiers deployed to crush the demonstrations, and zooms in on an incident involving an attack on a minibus, which killed all but three people on board. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 26 Apr. 2023 Toward the end of that year, a minibus pulled into the Katende compound, and the girls, having overheard talk of the worrisome political situation, assumed they were being flown out to Europe with the nuns. Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2023 Both have enough children to fill a minibus. The Economist, 16 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minibus was in 1958

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“Minibus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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mini·​bus ˈmin-i-ˌbəs How to pronounce minibus (audio)
: a small bus

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