noun, plural min·i·se·ries.
  1. a short series of events or presentations.
  2. Television. a program or film broadcast in parts, as the dramatization of a literary work: The novel was made into a four-part miniseries.

Origin of miniseries

First recorded in 1970–75; mini- + series Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a television programme in several parts that is shown on consecutive days or weeks for a short period
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Word Origin and History for mini-series

also miniseries "television series of short duration, on a single theme," 1971, from mini- + series.

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