- 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-
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- smaller or shorter than the standard sizeminibus; miniskirt
C20: from miniature and minimum
Word Origin and History for mini-
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Small; miniature:minilaparotomy.