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[mi-noo-shee-uh, -shuh, -nyoo-]
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noun, plural mi·nu·ti·ae [mi-noo-shee-ee, -nyoo-] /mɪˈnu ʃiˌi, -ˈnyu-/.
  1. Usually minutiae. precise details; small or trifling matters: the minutiae of his craft.
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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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pl n singular -tia (-ʃɪə)
  1. small, precise, or trifling details
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Word Origin

C18: pl of Late Latin minūtia smallness, from Latin minūtus minute ²
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Word Origin and History for minutiae


1751, plural of Latin minutia "smallness" (see minutia); hence, in plural, "trifles."

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

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