mini·​van | \ˈmi-nē-ˌvan \

Definition of minivan 

: a small passenger van

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John Albers was killed when an Overland Park police officer fired 13 shots into the family's minivan as the teenager backed the van out of their garage Jan. 20. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Parents of OP teen killed by police decry 'shameful' treatment by police, prosecutors | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 2018 Access to the back row is nearly as easy as in a minivan. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 Mom’s boyfriend forgot him, Ohio cops say Infant was found in minivan on 90-degree day. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Kids sat in car in 90-degree heat — while their mothers were shoplifting, New Jersey police say," 5 July 2018 Eight hours later, a man with a machine gun carjacked a man in a minivan. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "24 hours in Detroit: Mutilated body, fatal shooting and carjacking," 30 June 2018 Inside a closed minivan with its windows rolled up sat an unattended infant strapped into a carseat. Jeff Truesdell,, "Foster Mom Allegedly Left Infant in Hot Minivan to Go Shopping, Claiming She Forgot Child," 14 May 2018 Papers that were in the glove compartment were scattered inside the minivan, but the owner said nothing was missing. Kimberly Fornek,, "Police blotter: Items worth $226,200 missing after Bentley stolen in Darien," 22 Apr. 2018 An Ohio teenager was found crushed to death Tuesday inside a minivan parked at his school, hours after twice pleading to 911 that he was trapped and needed help. Jonathan Sperling /, NBC News, "Ohio teenager suffocates in van after twice calling 911, leading to investigation," 13 Apr. 2018 Inside Graham’s minivan, police found Jackson’s blood in 10 locations. David Owens,, "'They Build Jails For People Like You,' Judge Tells Robert Graham Before Sentencing Him To Life," 29 Mar. 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of minivan

: a small van

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