minutiae

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

plural noun, singular mi·nu·ti·a [mi-noo-shuh, -shee-uh, -nyoo-]. /mɪˈnu ʃə, -ʃi ə, -ˈnyu-/.

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

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Origin of minutiae

First recorded in 1745–55; from Latin, plural of minūtia “smallness, fineness,” equivalent to minūt(us) “small, tiny” + -ia; see origin at minute2, -ia

usage note for minutiae

Minutia, the singular form meaning “a precise detail; a small or trifling matter” is much less common than the plural. However, this singular form is often used in place of the plural form minutiae , with the same plural meaning and plural verb: She has a great facility for remembering minutia that are relevant to the conversation. And the plural form minutiae is sometimes used as a collective noun with a singular verb: The minutiae of daily life is the stuff that anchors us and gives us a sense of purpose. Both of these usages have been criticized in style guides.

OTHER WORDS FROM minutiae

mi·nu·ti·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for minutiae

minutiae
/ (mɪˈnjuːʃɪˌiː) /

pl n singular -tia (-ʃɪə)

small, precise, or trifling details

Word Origin for minutiae

C18: pl of Late Latin minūtia smallness, from Latin minūtus minute ²
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