mini·​bus | \ ˈmi-nē-ˌbəs How to pronounce minibus (audio) \

Definition of minibus

: a small bus or van

Examples of minibus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, a bomb targeting a minibus in Afghanistan’s capital wounded at least 15 civilians, the Associated Press reported, part of a nationwide spike in violence. USA Today, "Biden faces Trump's deadline on Afghanistan troop withdrawal: 'Any way you cut it, we are headed for a messy outcome'," 17 Mar. 2021 The video, shot by a man detained in a Moscow protest, shows a group of people jammed into a police minibus. Fox News, "Moscow jails overwhelmed with detained Navalny protesters," 5 Feb. 2021 Angel Diaz was killed within a month of being returned to Honduras, shot while driving a minibus just up the street from where his father was parked at one of the bus stops. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A legitimate fear of death doesn’t always matter in the US asylum system," 11 Oct. 2020 The shaky footage also showed what appeared to be a minibus on fire. Fox News, "Mysterious blast rocks Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon," 22 Sep. 2020 Laborers were driven to their work sites on crowded minibuses, stood in long lines for up to an hour at the canteen, and returned home to dorm rooms that house six people each. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "Remote, Forbidding, and Infected: The Coronavirus Is Spreading in the Russian Arctic," 28 Apr. 2020 Over the past year Russia has sent Cuba 1,000 minibuses, 50 locomotives, tens of thousands of tourists and a promise to upgrade the island’s power grid with a multimillion-dollar improvement plan. Washington Post, "Putin hosts Cuban leader for talks on expanding ties," 29 Oct. 2019 Buzz minibus on display at the Poznań Motor Show in Poland on April 5. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s Costly Bet on Electric Cars," 12 Mar. 2019 The other two citizen journalists, Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin, who according to media reports also posted footage of overwhelmed hospitals and corpses piled in a minibus, have not yet resurfaced publicly. NBC News, "At the extremes of the earth, scientists stymied by coronavirus concerns," 23 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'minibus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of minibus

1958, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about minibus

Time Traveler for minibus

Time Traveler

The first known use of minibus was in 1958

See more words from the same year

Statistics for minibus

Last Updated

19 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Minibus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for minibus



English Language Learners Definition of minibus

: a small bus or van

More from Merriam-Webster on minibus

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for minibus

Nglish: Translation of minibus for Spanish Speakers

Comments on minibus

What made you want to look up minibus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!