The main difference between Van and Minivan is that the Van is a covered transportation vehicle and Minivan is a American English term to describe a type of van designed for personal use.
A van is a type of road vehicle used for transporting goods or people. Depending on the type of van it can be bigger or smaller than a truck and SUV, and bigger than a common car. There is some varying in the scope of the word across the different English-speaking countries. The smallest vans, microvans, are used for transporting either goods or people in tiny quantities. Mini MPVs, Compact MPVs, and MPVs are all small vans usually used for transporting people in small quantities. Larger vans with passenger seats are used for institutional purposes, such as transporting students. Larger vans with only front seats are often used for business purposes, to carry goods and equipment. Specially-equipped vans are used by television stations as mobile studios. Postal services and courier companies use large step vans to deliver packages.
A minivan (American English), people carrier (British English),, MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) or MUV (multi-utility vehicle) is a vehicle size classification describing a high-roof vehicle with a flexible interior layout. Smaller sizes are mini MPV and compact MPV classifications.The minivan combines a high-roof, five-door one- or two-box hatchback body configuration with a mid-size platform, engine and mechanicals; car-like handling and fuel economy; unibody construction; front-wheel or all-wheel drive and greater height than sedan or station wagon counterparts. The design offers higher h-point seating, two or three rows of seating, easy passenger and cargo access with sliding wide-opening rear doors and large rear hatch, and a re-configurable interior volume with seats that recline, slide, tumble, fold flat or allow easy removal—enabling users to reprioritize passenger and cargo volumes.
A (covered) vehicle used for carrying goods or people, usually roughly cuboid in shape, longer and higher than a car but smaller than a truck/lorry.
“The van sped down the road.”
An enclosed railway vehicle for transport of goods.
A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others for the transportation of goods.
form of Shortened form|caravan.
form of Shortened form|vanguard.
A shovel used in cleansing ore.
A fan or other contrivance, such as a sieve, for winnowing grain.
A wing with which the air is beaten.
To transport in a van or similar vehicle (especially of horses).
to be arrested by law enforcement (not necessarily in a van, derived from the slang “party van”) this definition “to be vanned”, not “to van”
To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.
A small van.