minever

[ min-uh-ver ]
/ ˈmɪn ə vər /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. minerals,
  2. minerva,
  3. minestrone,
  4. minesweeper,
  5. minette,
  6. mineworker,
  7. ming,
  8. ming dynasty,
  9. ming tree,
  10. minge

miniver

or min·e·ver

[ min-uh-ver ]
/ ˈmɪn ə vər /

noun

(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

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miniver

/ (ˈmɪnɪvə) /

noun

white fur, used in ceremonial costumes

Word Origin for miniver

C13: from Old French menu vair, from menu small + vair variegated fur, vair

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Word Origin and History for minever

miniver

n.

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

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