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.

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. 2019

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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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