a small bus, seating about 15 passengers and typically transporting people short distances.

Origin of minibus

1840–50; mini- + bus1; the 19th-century word, meaning “small carriage,” perhaps mini(mum) + (omni)bus
Also called microbus. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for minibus

Contemporary Examples of minibus

  • Ten Syrians were killed in a minibus that had come from Lebanon, Syrian media reported last weekend.

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    Syria's Media War


    May 18, 2011

British Dictionary definitions for minibus



a small bus able to carry approximately ten passengers
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