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

Definition of minivan

: a small passenger van

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The minivan driver fled, leaving the vehicle behind. Andrew Maykuth,, "Police seek minivan driver in fatal Fairmount Park hit-and-run," 17 June 2018 Only when the second generation of the Honda Odyssey came out in 1998 did the minivan equation start to change. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "The Future is Now," 8 June 2018 Sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans in the industry’s biggest global market fell 6.9% from a year earlier to just over 2 million, according to the China Association of Auto Manufacturers. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China’s auto sales sink in March for 9th month," 12 Apr. 2019 Juana, exhausted, crawled into the back seat of the minivan, held her Bible to her chest, and slept. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Eight drivers, five days: A migrant’s emotional journey to find her daughter," 11 July 2018 Two children were sitting on the floor of the minivan, police reports show. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Ambulance driver in crash that sent 10 to hospitals showed 'due regard,' Aurora fire marshal says," 22 June 2018 The driver of the minivan, 31-year-old Joel Flowers, died on impact, according to the Highway Patrol. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Minivan collides with dump truck in deadly crash on Charlotte interstate," 6 June 2018 All around the speedway, minivans and pickup trucks line up, bumper to bumper, and inch their way out. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "One Day at Daytona," 22 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, Honda might have gotten a bit too clever with the Clarity PHEV, and Chrysler made a hybrid minivan with few compromises with the Pacifica. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Cars Technica cars and SUVs of the year," 30 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of minivan

1959, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of minivan

: a small van

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