mini·​van ˈmi-nē-ˌvan How to pronounce minivan (audio)
: a small passenger van

Examples of minivan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marc Lenahan, an attorney based in Farmers Branch, said his client was in the back of a minivan when the crash happened. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 Apr. 2024 Officers headed to the business and saw a minivan driving off, and began a pursuit, Guerin said. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2024 The Willis' minivan ran over the bracket and exploded in flames, killing the six children. March 26, 2002 (Jefferson County): 6 people killed A retirement home bus carrying more than 20 people crashed with a van on state Highway 16, 30 miles west of Milwaukee, according to previous media reports. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2024 Officers at some point dropped the pursuit, but a San Diego police helicopter continued to track the minivan. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2024 Investors on Monday did not seem to be convinced by Li Auto’s new minivan. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 4 Mar. 2024 Eight people were killed and one person was injured Friday after a pickup collided with a minivan carrying farmworkers to their job, the California Highway Patrol said. Katherine Itoh, NBC News, 23 Feb. 2024 Some of the victims were in a minivan heading north on Interstate 81 when, at about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, the car lost control and collided with a median barrier in Scott Township, according to Lackawanna County Coroner Timothy Rowland. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 17 Jan. 2024 Two vehicles collided after a 32-year-old man driving a Toyota minivan in the northbound lane crossed over the center line and entered the southbound lane, police said. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minivan was in 1959

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“Minivan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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mini·​van ˈmin-ē-ˌvan How to pronounce minivan (audio)
: a small passenger van

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