mini·​van | \ ˈmi-nē-ˌvan How to pronounce minivan (audio) \

Definition of minivan

: a small passenger van

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Recent Examples on the Web Toyota unveiled two new vehicles today: the 2021 Sienna minivan and the revival of the Venza two-row crossover. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Why the 2021 Toyota Sienna and Venza Are Hybrid-Only," 18 May 2020 Rick Bailey drove through the parade route in the family minivan — with balloons and streamers, blaring music — six times to celebrate his daughter, Jessie Bailey. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Parade with hundreds of cars salutes Mesa Mountain View grads," 17 May 2020 Last Tuesday, as the last minivan of the day drove away from Al-Rayaan, Mr. Ahmed stood alone on the sidewalk. Todd Heisler, New York Times, "15 Funerals a Day: The Pace of Death Stuns a Muslim Community," 4 May 2020 Mario Kart experts and those who drive anything other than the carpool minivan can both rock a go-kart arena. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "100 Cute Date Ideas so You Never Get Bored Again," 26 Mar. 2020 The Atlas is a three-row SUV, and those are all the rage with families, just like the minivan used to be and the station wagon before it. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is how America likes its hatchbacks," 9 Mar. 2020 In addition to the Grand Caravan, the plant produces the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid as well as the Chrysler Voyager minivan. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler to cut shift at Windsor Assembly Plant; move affects 1,500 workers," 27 Feb. 2020 These 3 common tax myths could actually hurt you The Chrysler Pacifica minivan wants to win over SUV fans Google Maps turns 15: Here are 15 tips to get the most out of the app What's the best streaming service for you? Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Best internet deals to save money and maximize speed," 20 Feb. 2020 Authorities said the crash happened around 11 a.m. when the eastbound pickup crossed into the westbound lanes and struck the minivan and another car. CBS News, "Former college volleyball stars and their daughters killed in Missouri crash," 17 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of minivan

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Minivan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of minivan

: a small van

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