Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small bus typically used for short trips.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small bus, especially one used as transport for small groups.
  • n. A sixteen seater vehicle used as a taxi. A kombi.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of light passenger vehicle, carrying four persons.
  • n. A type of bus (omnibus) similar in general appearnace to a standard-sized bus, but smaller and having a smaller passenger capacity, typically about 15 persons. It is usually used for transportation over relatively short distances.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cab or small four-wheeled carriage resembling an omnibus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a light bus (4 to 10 passengers)

Etymologies

mini- +‎ bus (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They don't have a car but a free minibus is provided by the council to take the children to their special schools.

    You Get What You Pay For

  • Ostensibly the $606 billion "minibus" -- combining funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education -- is "only" $12.2 billion beyond the President's budget request for discretionary spending.

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  • Despite its name, Minibus doesn't map Hong Kong's so-called minibus lines, the smaller vehicles that zip around town at breathtaking speeds.

    Bazaar: Hong Kong

  • They participated in the selection of both targets, namely the minibus taxi (whose attack was aborted for reasons which are unclear and are not relevant in this decision) as well as the bus which was fired at by the applicants as a result of which 7 people died and 27 others suffered serious injuries resulting in many of them being permanently disabled and disfigured ......

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  • Georgetown; where we're staying in Penang, is pleasant enough despite the fact the first local to greet us as we got off the minibus was a huge rat.

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  • But the most striking detail of the minibus was a surveillance camera in a spherical case; such appliances are also used in the army, news agency BelaPAN writes.

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  • Same price, and leaving at the same time, so I'm not quite sure how it all works, but I learned that the minibus is the way to go.

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  • The other six bills were combined in a "minibus" package, filed as a conference report, and posted online yesterday.

    Avelino Maestas: 'Minibus' Budget Bill Passes the House

  • Just replaced the other car with a new French "minibus" because we are apparently not allowed to stick the kids+dog on the roof of a sports car.

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  • With his shiny trophy and $1,000 in cash, Olu walks away, or rather drives a way, in this brand new minibus which is also now his.

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