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

Definition of minivan

: a small passenger van

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Police said the suspect fled the scene eastbound on Dale Road in an early 2000s model grey Honda Odyssey minivan with dark tinted windows. Sarah Brookbank,, "Police investigating shooting in Bond Hill," 13 June 2019 Some Phoenix-area residents have been hailing rides in minivans with no drivers and no human safety operators inside. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Driverless Cars Still Handled by Humans—From Afar," 5 June 2018 The man is described as possibly Hispanic, about 35 to 40 years old with short dark hair and a mustache, driving a black Toyota Sienna minivan, which was parked in the pick-up lane. Graydon Megan,, "Police search for man who offered 12-year-old a ride outside Elmhurst middle school," 24 May 2018 In another, an attacker drove a Toyota minivan with a bomb the site. Joe Cochrane, New York Times, "Indonesia’s ‘Sick’ New Suicide Bomb Threat: Parents With Their Children," 14 May 2018 Cox said an 11-year-old girl was planting flowers when the man approached in a white minivan with tinted windows. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Police: Man tried to lure 11-year-old girl into van in Greenwood," 13 May 2018 Consumers, meanwhile, want modems designed to care for their infotainment needs, from streaming music to letting kids watch multiple movies on the rear screens in family minivans. Pete Bigelow, Car and Driver, "Qualcomm Has Big Plans for Cellular Connections between Future Cars," 1 Mar. 2018 The driver of the minivan was killed, and a passenger was rushed to the hospital with major injuries. Mark Gomez, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Driver suspected of fatal crash tells CHP he was on meth, didn’t want to go to jail," 10 June 2019 Chrysler sells just two vehicles — the 300 sedan and Pacifica minivan. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Dodge, Fiat and Chrysler are saved -- but for how long?," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of minivan

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of minivan was in 1959

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English Language Learners Definition of minivan

: a small van

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