IT’S A WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ BONANZA!
Words nearby minimalist
What does minimalist mean?
Minimalist is most generally used as an adjective describing a style or approach that uses a small number of elements.
Minimalist can also be used to refer to a person who favors a style or approach.
More specifically, minimalist can refer to an artist who practices or uses Minimalism, which can refer to a type of painting or sculpture (sometimes called minimal art), music, or other art form. Art forms labeled minimalist typically use the simplest and fewest elements with the goal of creating the maximum effect.
The term minimalism can also be used in a more general way to refer to a minimalist style or approach.
The related adjective minimalistic is used to describe something that is stripped down to its most essential elements or uses only what is needed. Both minimalist and minimalistic can be used to describe things that are simplified and include only the most basic components, without embellishment.
Example: Jane says she’s a minimalist when it comes to interior design, but to me it just looks like her house is missing a lot of furniture.
Where does minimalist come from?
The first records of the word minimalist in English come from the early 1900s. Minimalist and its related forms are all built on the adjective minimal, which means “least possible.” Minimal is ultimately derived from the Latin minimus, meaning “smallest.”
The Minimalism art movement developed in the 1960s. The movement valued radical simplicity (like a painting of a single color) to prevent outside meaning being imposed on the artwork. In design and architecture, a minimalist look often consists of a neutral color palette and little adornment. Someone who leads a minimalist lifestyle usually has limited possessions, adhering to the motto “less is more.”
An even more specific use of the word Minimalist is to refer to a member of a faction of Russian revolutionaries in the early 1900s. By contrast, members of a more extreme faction were called Maximalists. The term maximalist can be used in a more general way as the opposite of minimalist, but this is uncommon.
Did you know ... ?
What are some other forms of minimalist?
What are some synonyms for minimalist?
What are some words that share a root or word element with minimalist?
What are some words that often get used in discussing minimalist?
How is minimalist used in real life?
Minimalist is commonly used as an adjective to describe art or a simple lifestyle.
Interior designs: Minimalist designs📍 pic.twitter.com/Zmsykznie2
— Social Couture (@Social_couture_) June 12, 2020
I’m a MINIMALIST, I believe LESS is MORE.
I try to incorporate MINIMALISM into everything i do, be it MODELING, DESIGNING OR MARKETING… However, don’t be a MINIMALIST when you’re grinding… always put in MORE work, but say LESS. pic.twitter.com/CQJ4kNcoVS
— TITAN (@tobijosshua) June 16, 2020
Working on an e-book about research in the creative industries. All I can show for now is this shape inspired by Chillida. Discovered his work last year, totally changed my perspective on minimalist art. pic.twitter.com/uesDDzdA9H
— Arthur Buxton (@arthurbuxton) June 12, 2020
Try using minimalist!
Is minimalist used correctly in the following sentence?
The painting is very minimalist—it only uses a few simple shapes and muted colors.
Example sentences from the Web for minimalist
Think delicate fan movements, fabulous outfits, and minimalist movements and sets.
At which point it becomes clear that we have entered a minimalist, bloodless horror movie.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’|Jimmy So|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Following a minimalist turn, Lady Gaga is back with a vengeance.
The dress is a classic, with its soft, lavender hue, chiffon fabric, and minimalist shape.
Though the minimalist view has been widely portrayed as more nuanced than the expansive one, that is mistaken.