minutia

[ mi-noo-shee-uh, -shuh, -nyoo- ]
/ mɪˈnu ʃi ə, -ʃə, -ˈnyu- /

noun, plural mi·nu·ti·ae [mi-noo-shee-ee, -nyoo-] /mɪˈnu ʃiˌi, -ˈnyu-/.

Usually minutiae. precise details; small or trifling matters: the minutiae of his craft.

Origin of minutia

1745–55; < Latin minūtia smallness, equivalent to minūt(us) minute2 + -ia -ia
Related formsmi·nu·ti·al, adjective
Can be confusedminimal minimize minimum minuscule minutia (see usage note at minuscule)
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Word Origin and History for minutia

minutia


n.

1751, plural minutiae, from Latin minutia "smallness" (plural minutiae, in Late Latin "trifles"), from minutus "small" (see minute (adj.)).

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