- (in the Middle Ages) a fur of white or spotted white and gray used for linings and trimmings.Compare vair(def 1).
- any white fur, particularly that of the ermine, used especially on robes of state.
Origin of miniver
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Examples from the Web for miniver
A rich cloak of fur turned up with miniver drooped from his shoulders.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
The sleeves are of black velvet; the hoods are of miniver, and are passed on from Proctor to Proctor.The Oxford Degree Ceremony
"Thousands of women have married merely for freedom," said Miss Miniver.
Ann Veronica came in with a certain disregard of Miss Miniver.
Miss Miniver looked over her glasses at her friend almost balefully.
- white fur, used in ceremonial costumes
C13: from Old French menu vair, from menu small + vair variegated fur, vair
Word Origin and History for miniver
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