miniature

[ min-ee-uh-cher, -choor, min-uh-cher ]
/ ˈmɪn i ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər, ˈmɪn ə tʃər /
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noun

a representation or image of something on a small or reduced scale.
a greatly reduced or abridged form or copy.
a very small painting, especially a portrait, on ivory, vellum, or the like.
the art of executing such a painting.
an illumination in an illuminated manuscript or book.

adjective

being, on, or represented on a small scale; reduced.

Nearby words

  1. mini-me,
  2. mini-series,
  3. mini-state,
  4. mini-vac,
  5. miniate,
  6. miniature bull terrier,
  7. miniature camera,
  8. miniature golf,
  9. miniature photography,
  10. miniature pinscher

Idioms

    in miniature, in a reduced size; on a small scale: The zoo exhibition offered a jungle in miniature.

Origin of miniature

1580–90; < Italian miniatura miniature painting < Medieval Latin miniātūra, equivalent to miniāt(us) (see miniate) + -ūra -ure; sense development perhaps influenced by Latin base min- (see mini-, minor)

Related formssu·per·min·i·a·ture, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for miniature

miniature

/ (ˈmɪnɪtʃə) /

noun

adjective

greatly reduced in size
on a small scale; minute

Word Origin for miniature

C16: from Italian, from Medieval Latin miniātūra, from miniāre to paint red, (in illuminating manuscripts); from minium

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Word Origin and History for miniature
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