[ min-uh-muh s ]
/ ˈmɪn ə məs /

noun, plural min·i·mi [min-uh-mahy] /ˈmɪn əˌmaɪ/.

a creature or being that is the smallest or least significant.
Anatomy. the little finger or toe.

Origin of minimus

1580–90; < New Latin, Latin: literally, smallest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for minimus


/ (ˈmɪnɪməs) /


(immediately postpositive) British the youngest: sometimes used after the surname of a schoolboy having elder brothers at the same schoolHunt minimus
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Word Origin and History for minimus



1580s, from Latin minimus (plural minimi); see minim.

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