[ min-uh-muh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈmɪn ə məˌlɪz əm /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

Music. a reductive style or school of modern music utilizing only simple sonorities, rhythms, and patterns, with minimal embellishment or orchestrational complexity, and characterized by protracted repetition of figurations, obsessive structural rigor, and often a pulsing, hypnotic effect.

Origin of minimalism

First recorded in 1965–70; minimal + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for minimalism

/ (ˈmɪnɪməˌlɪzəm) /


another name for minimal art
a type of music based on simple elements and avoiding elaboration or embellishment
design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect
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