a minicomputer.
anything of a small, reduced, or miniature size.


of the length of a miniskirt.

Origin of mini

independent use of mini-, or by shortening of words with mini- as initial element


a combining form with the meanings “of a small or reduced size in comparison with others of its kind” (minicalculator; minicar; minigun); “limited in scope, intensity, or duration” (miniboom; minicourse; minirecession); (of clothing) “short, not reaching the knee” (minidress; miniskirt).

Origin of mini-

by shortening of miniature, minimal, or minimum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mini



(of a woman's dress, skirt, etc) very short; thigh-length
(prenominal) small; miniature

noun plural minis

something very small of its kind, esp a small car or a miniskirt


combining form

smaller or shorter than the standard sizeminibus; miniskirt

Word Origin for mini-

C20: from miniature and minimum
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Word Origin and History for mini

1961, abbreviation of mini-car, a small car made by British Leyland (formerly British Motor Corp.). As an abbreviation of miniskirt, it is attested from 1966. The vogue for mini- as a prefix in English word coinage dates from c.1960.


word-forming element meaning "miniature, minor," abstracted from miniature, with sense perhaps influenced by minimum.

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mini in Medicine



Small; miniature:minilaparotomy.
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