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[min-uh-ver] /ˈmɪn ə vər/


or minever

[min-uh-ver] /ˈmɪn ə vər/
(in the Middle Ages) a fur of white or spotted white and gray used for linings and trimmings.
Compare vair (def 1).
any white fur, particularly that of the ermine, used especially on robes of state.
Origin of miniver
1250-1300; Middle English meniver < Middle French menu vair small vair; see menu Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • They did so, and entering, found the earl lying on his mantle of minever, which covered him.

    The Boy Crusaders John G. Edgar
  • Well, my worthy dealer in minever, what do you say now to the Lorraine jokes?

    Catherine de' Medici Honore de Balzac
  • Five—a cloak of fur turned up with minever, a gold goblet with stand and cover, and a box of rose-colored sugar.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Ermine, minever and other animals of that tribe supplied the best hair for the brushes required for very minute work.

  • I would crave your acceptance of a pretty mantle of crimson silk lined with minever.

  • Scarlet and green were particularly reserved for the order of knighthood, as well as ermine, minever, and some other furs.

    The History of Chivalry G. P. R. James
  • A long quilted silk cape, lined with minever and slightly worn about the shoulders, encased her form.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • Then came forth a likely knight, and well apparelled in scarlet furred with minever.

  • But in a plain frock of dark satin trimmed with minever bands, she looked exceedingly noble and lovely.

    Remember the Alamo Amelia E. Barr
  • Here perhaps are two or three daggers of more than ordinary workmanship, and there a silver cup or a hood lined with minever.

    Oxford and its Story Cecil Headlam
British Dictionary definitions for minever


white fur, used in ceremonial costumes
Word Origin
C13: from Old French menu vair, from menu small + vair variegated fur, vair
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Word Origin and History for minever



fur lining and trimming in a garment, c.1300, from Old French menu vair "minor fur;" see menu + vair.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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