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’s seven- or eight-passenger minivan has been a segment-sales leader since 2004. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2021 Toyota Sienna: A Rare Hybrid Minivan Even a Teen Can Love," 9 Apr. 2021 Choosing not to call the Carnival a minivan is a risky venture, said automotive analyst and consultant Rebecca Lindland. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Kia ditches Sedona minivan, switches to Kia Carnival "multi-purpose vehicle" with logo on the hood," 24 Feb. 2021 Chrysler invented the minivan, and has always built one of the best, persisting as competitors dropped out of the market. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Stellantis CEO high on pickups and SUVs but what about iconic Dodge and Chrysler models?," 11 Feb. 2021 The minivan may also be missing part or all of its front bumper and may have sustained windshield or other front-end damage. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "St. Paul police still seeking hit-and-run driver who left woman critically injured," 11 Dec. 2020 And those who are traveling with several people and need a minivan or large SUV, in high demand in pre-pandemic times, may be shut out. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Planning a post-vaccine vacation? Don't wait to book a rental car and be prepared for sticker shock," 10 Apr. 2021 Other packages should offer more of the practical space and easy loading and unloading most minivan owners want. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Maxi-van? 2022 Kia Carnival has loads of space, SUV looks — and one oddball feature," 8 Apr. 2021 The minivan stopped briefly but then started moving forward again, pushing the pedestrians. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, "Woman who drove into racial justice protest ordered to pay restitution to victims," 6 Apr. 2021 Goebel then accelerated the minivan, driving off before stopping later on to call 911. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Woman who drove car into Black Lives Matter protest will pay restitution fees as part of plea deal," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of minivan

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Minivan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of minivan

: a small van

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