or min·e·ver

[ min-uh-ver ]
/ ˈmɪn ə vər /


(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.


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Origin of miniver

1250–1300; Middle English meniver < Middle French menu vair small vair; see menu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for miniver

/ (ˈmɪnɪvə) /


white fur, used in ceremonial costumes

Word Origin for miniver

C13: from Old French menu vair, from menu small + vair variegated fur, vair
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