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a combining form with the meanings “of a small or reduced size in comparison with others of its kind” (minicalculator; minicar; minigun); “limited in scope, intensity, or duration” (miniboom; minicourse; minirecession); (of clothing) “short, not reaching the knee” (minidress; miniskirt).
Origin of mini-
by shortening of miniature, minimal, or minimum Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mini-


combining form
smaller or shorter than the standard size: minibus, miniskirt
Word Origin
C20: from miniature and minimum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mini-

word-forming element meaning "miniature, minor," abstracted from miniature, with sense perhaps influenced by minimum.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mini- in Medicine

mini- pref.
Small; miniature: minilaparotomy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for mini-



used to form nouns Small; miniature; short: minibus/minicab/minivan/minicam/mininuke/minisemester/miniskirt

[late 1930s+; fr miniature]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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