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

Definition of minivan

: a small passenger van

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He was forcefully pushed into a private minivan on the street in broad daylight. CNN, "Hong Kong: Joshua Wong and other pro-democracy figures arrested ahead of rally," 29 Aug. 2019 Later on Sunday, according to police, 10 people were killed and four others critically injured when a speeding minivan crashed into a passenger bus on a highway in eastern Uganda. Rodney Muhumuza, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ugandan police say 20 killed in deadly motor accidents," 19 Aug. 2019 Dashcam video from a minivan confirmed the explosion epicenter at 11:28 a.m. was at the former Pizzafire site. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Open gas valve caused Plantation explosion that hurt 22 people, state finds," 9 Aug. 2019 When a Multnomah County deputy approached him, Manta reversed and hit an unmarked minivan that belonged to the Sheriff's Office., "Man shot by Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy receives five-year prison sentence," 9 Aug. 2019 When a teller tried to talk to him, the nervous man quickly left and got into a red minivan driven by a woman. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Police: Nervous robber arrested after he rides away from bungled holdup in Manchester and robs another bank," 5 Aug. 2019 Last year, around 21,000 passengers flew between the islands on Loganair’s three Britten-Norman Islander aircraft, which can carry up to eight passengers in a minivan-style arrangement. The Economist, "The world’s shortest flight may soon be its greenest, too," 1 Aug. 2019 Ritchie German used his brother Douglas German's 2016 Kia Sorento minivan to drive to the Vangs' home, Kowalczyk said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suspected gunman in Chippewa Falls deaths may have imitated abduction of Jayme Closs," 30 July 2019 An arriving officer located the minivan that was blocking the sidewalk. John Benson,, "Swerving driver tells officer people need to mind their own business: Strongsville Police Blotter," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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