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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Such furs as ermine and miniver were kept for the great people; for there were curious rules and laws about dress in those days.

    Our Little Lady Emily Sarah Holt
  • The sleeves are of black velvet; the hoods are of miniver, and are passed on from Proctor to Proctor.

  • The gown is of a reddish murrey colour, with ermine or miniver lining to skirt and sleeves, the under sleeves being blue.

    Chaucer for Children Mrs. H. R. Haweis
  • "There's a deal of wisdom in those old sayings," quoth Mistress miniver.

    Trevethlan: (Vol 2 of 3) William Davy Watson
  • "Thousands of women have married merely for freedom," said Miss miniver.

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

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • Miss miniver followed with an expression of perplexity, her mouth shaped to futile expositions.

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

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • Loons in small flocks showing their miniver breasts, their reptile necks and drooping checkered wings.

    On the Seaboard August Strindberg
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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