or min·e·ver



(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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Examples from the Web for minever

Historical Examples of minever

  • They did so, and entering, found the earl lying on his mantle of minever, which covered him.

    The Boy Crusaders

    John G. Edgar

  • Well, my worthy dealer in minever, what do you say now to the Lorraine jokes?

    Catherine de' Medici

    Honore de Balzac

  • Five—a cloak of fur turned up with minever, a gold goblet with stand and cover, and a box of rose-colored sugar.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Ermine, minever and other animals of that tribe supplied the best hair for the brushes required for very minute work.

  • I would crave your acceptance of a pretty mantle of crimson silk lined with minever.

British Dictionary definitions for minever



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



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

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