- a representation or image of something on a small or reduced scale.
- a greatly reduced or abridged form or copy.
- a very small painting, especially a portrait, on ivory, vellum, or the like.
- the art of executing such a painting.
- an illumination in an illuminated manuscript or book.
- being, on, or represented on a small scale; reduced.
- in miniature, in a reduced size; on a small scale: The zoo exhibition offered a jungle in miniature.
Origin of miniature
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Examples from the Web for miniature
She sends a miniature of her own image to the court, envious that it will enjoy a proximity she will never attain.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
A representative assembly, John Adams wrote in 1776, “should be in miniature an exact portrait of the people at large.”Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
Underneath, a miniature version of the bug-crazy man is revealed, himself thwacking away in an alternate dimension.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing
November 7, 2014
As I stood over the mud barracks, my translator zeroed in on a miniature mud tank complete with a detailed main gun and top hatch.Creating Consequences for South Sudan’s Political Elite
July 9, 2014
For next to no money, the photographer Christine McConnell makes cakes and cookies that are their own miniature horror movies.The Wonderful Weirdness of Christine McConnell, Queen of Creepy Cookies
July 9, 2014
Can our sweet Sylph be going to heaven, to seek the original of the miniature?Sylph Etherege
She took a miniature from his neck, and I drew his purse and watch from him and handed them to her.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Lucy Ann did her miniature cooking with great seriousness and care.Tiverton Tales
I declined the tray; so he placed it on his own knees, to act as a miniature table.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
He was caught in the miniature rapid at the bottom of the pool.White Fang
- a model, copy, or similar representation on a very small scale
- anything that is very small of its kind
- a very small painting, esp a portrait, showing fine detail on ivory or vellum
- a very small bottle of whisky or other spirits, which can hold 50 millilitres
- an illuminated letter or other decoration in a manuscript
- in miniature on a small scalegames are real life in miniature
- greatly reduced in size
- on a small scale; minute
Word Origin and History for miniature
1580s, "a reduced image," from Italian miniatura "manuscript illumination or small picture," from past participle of miniare "to illuminate a manuscript," from Latin miniare "to paint red," from minium "red lead," used in ancient times to make red ink, a word said to be of Iberian origin. Sense development is because pictures in medieval manuscripts were small, but no doubt there was influence as well from the similar-sounding Latin words that express smallness: minor, minimus, minutus, etc.
"small," 1714, from minature (n.). Of dog breeds, from 1889. Of golf, from 1893.