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[min-ee-van] /ˈmɪn iˌvæn/
a small passenger van, somewhat larger than a station wagon, typically with side or rear windows and rear seats that can be removed for hauling small loads.
Also, mini-van.
Origin of minivan
mini- + van2 Unabridged
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  • Foursomes can rent a quadricycle-the bike equivalent of a minivan-for extra pedal power around the promenade.
  • Then he took me for a ride along the border in an official minivan.
  • Reaching out from the center of these behemoths are long booms with clawed buckets, each one big enough to swallow a minivan.
  • The boxes that holds the avocados are hoarded because experience has taught that they fit best in her minivan's cargo bay.
  • One of my favorite scenes is the one where the housewife comes flying out of the minivan.
  • When he got outside, his father angrily whisked him into the family minivan.
  • How, the next day, she gathered the children in the minivan and sped off.
  • Everyone knows the minivan is the hottest car on the road right now.
  • Whatever vehicle gets the nod, it will be a minivan with loads of head room, big windows and lots of space.
  • Reports of minivan moms and mouthy grandmothers getting jolts from the devices still make headlines.
British Dictionary definitions for minivan


a small van, esp one with seats in the back for carrying passengers
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