Simple Definition of microcosm
: something (such as a place or an event) that is seen as a small version of something much larger
Full Definition of microcosm
1 : a little world; especially : the human race or human nature seen as an epitome of the world or the universe
2 : a community or other unity that is an epitome of a larger unity
: in a greatly diminished size, form, or scale
Examples of microcosm
The village is a microcosm of the whole country.
The game was a microcosm of the entire season.
Origin of microcosm
Middle English, from Medieval Latin microcosmus, modification of Greek mikros kosmos
First Known Use: 15th century
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