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[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for miniver
Historical Examples
  • A rich cloak of fur turned up with miniver drooped from his shoulders.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The sleeves are of black velvet; the hoods are of miniver, and are passed on from Proctor to Proctor.

  • "Thousands of women have married merely for freedom," said Miss miniver.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • Ann Veronica came in with a certain disregard of Miss miniver.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • Miss miniver learned of her flight and got her address from the Widgetts.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • Miss miniver looked over her glasses at her friend almost balefully.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • "There's a deal of wisdom in those old sayings," quoth Mistress miniver.

    Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • Mrs. miniver played with a well-sized bunch of keys that hung from her girdle.

    Trevethlan (Vol 3 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • Miss miniver followed with an expression of perplexity, her mouth shaped to futile expositions.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • Ann Veronica sat with her chin on her hand, red-lit and saying little, and Miss miniver discoursed.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for miniver


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 miniver

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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