[min-ee-uh-cher-ist, min-uh-cher-]


an artist whose specialty is small, discrete works.
a person who makes, collects, or specializes in miniature objects: a miniaturist with a collection of dollhouses.

Origin of miniaturist

First recorded in 1850–55; miniature + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for miniaturist

illustrator, artisan, craftsman, animator, landscapist, dauber

Examples from the Web for miniaturist

Historical Examples of miniaturist

  • He was brought up, as his father had been before him and as his son was after him, as a miniaturist.

  • In the early days Fra Angelico must have been a miniaturist.

    Fra Angelico

    James Mason

  • Yet he was far from being a miniaturist,—he was, in fact, anything but that.

    Edward MacDowell

    Lawrence Gilman

  • It followed that, when they attempted subjects on a really large scale, the faults of the miniaturist clung about them.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3

    John Addington Symonds

  • The work of the miniaturist and the scribe grew more and more delicate and exquisite in form, colour, and invention.

British Dictionary definitions for miniaturist



a person who paints miniature portraits
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for miniaturist

"maker of miniatures," 1800, from miniature (n.) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper