Other definitions for mini (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE MINI-
What does mini- mean?
Mini– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “small,” “limited,” or “short.” It is often used in a variety of everyday and technical terms, especially in fashion.
Mini– comes from a shortening of the terms miniature, minimal, or minimum, all expressing small size or a low limit. Minimum comes from Latin minimus, meaning “smallest” or “least.” Related to this root is Latin minor, meaning “smaller,” which was borrowed into English as minor, meaning “lesser in size.” Find out more at our entry for each word.
Examples of mini-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features mini– is miniskirt, “a very short skirt, ending several inches above the knee.”
While mini– means “short,” the –skirt part of the word refers to a skirt. Miniskirt literally means “very short skirt.”
What are some words that use the combining form mini-?
- minikin (using the equivalent form of mini– in Middle Dutch)
What are some other forms that mini– may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters mini-, such as minion or mining, is necessarily using the combining form mini– to denote “small.” Learn why minion means “a servile follower” at our entry for the word.
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Given the meaning of mini-, what is a minibus?
How to use mini in a sentence
Elle magazine shot an editorial in September, one picture revealing a teacup pig sitting pretty by a mini Tyler Alexandra bag.Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink|Elizabeth Landers|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Isaacs recently returned from the New Mexico desert after shooting interior scenes for a new TV mini-series called Dig.After The Fall: Introducing The Anti-Villain|Rich Goldstein|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Restaurant described latkes as “Mini hash browns,” which he thinks is why they are so universally beloved.I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed|Emily Shire|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is smiling, a pink-striped hat on her head and a mini rainbow lollipop sticking out of her mouth.Even Grade School Kids Are Protesting the Garner Killing Now|Caitlin Dickson|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With this mini printer, you can print your favorite shots straight from your iPhone.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Taylor Swift in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ball was flat at the base, and had neither hollow cup nor pin; its weight must exceed that of our Mini ball.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell
Darryl and I, when we traded keys, that was kind of a mini-keysigning party, one with only two sad and geeky attendees.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
She shaped them like Mini-balls, that they might traverse unerringly to the cell of most dulcet digestion.Mount Rainier|Various
But at some such point Mini's mother would intervene, imploring me to "beware of that man."Stories from Tagore|Rabindranath Tagore
My five years' old daughter Mini cannot live without chattering.The Hungry Stones And Other Stories|Rabindranath Tagore