mini·van | \ ˈmi-nē-ˌvan \

Definition of minivan 

: a small passenger van

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The man left without any cash and got into a black minivan that headed west on Farmington Avenue, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Clipboard-Wielding Robber Flees Bristol Bank, Police Say," 27 June 2018 The issue received new attention this week after the results of a police investigation in Cincinnati revealed numerous breakdowns in the response to a teenager who got trapped under the backseat of his minivan and died despite voice-dialing 911. Fox News, "Emergency 911 technology struggles to keep up with the times," 17 May 2018 An officer then shot Gordon, who fled the location and ended up crashing head-on into a minivan on 13 Mile near Shenandoah. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "20-year-old man is dead after being shot by Royal Oak officer," 14 May 2018 The teenagers got out of a silver Honda Civic and a light-colored minivan, Winnick said. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Pizza delivery driver robbed at knifepoint by 15 people at UMBC," 13 July 2018 Just as minivans replaced the family station wagon in the 1980s, so too did big SUVs vanquish those vans in the 1990s. Aaron Bragman, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's revamped Expedition SUV moves to the front of the pack," 13 July 2018 The car came to rest on the median, while the pickup truck continued to travel southbound in the northbound lanes and was hit by a minivan carrying the New Jersey family, Jaffe said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Adult, 4 children from NJ killed in Delaware crash of minivan, pickup truck," 7 July 2018 Jaffe said the car came to rest on the median, while the pickup truck continued to travel southbound in the northbound lanes and was hit by a minivan carrying the New Jersey family. CBS News, "Mother survives car crash that killed husband, 4 daughters," 7 July 2018 Early Saturday, a minivan launched into a home in Newburg in Ozaukee County, embedding wheels-first, several feet off ground, like a toy car stuck onto a birthday cake. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'There's a car in the bed': Airborne minivan embeds, wheels first, into Ozaukee County house," 5 July 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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: a small van

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