noun mi·cro·cosm \ˈmī-krə-ˌkä-zəm\

: something (such as a place or an event) that is seen as a small version of something much larger

Full Definition of MICROCOSM

:  a little world; especially :  the human race or human nature seen as an epitome of the world or the universe
:  a community or other unity that is an epitome of a larger unity
mi·cro·cos·mic \ˌmī-krə-ˈkäz-mik\ adjective
mi·cro·cos·mi·cal·ly \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
in microcosm
:  in a greatly diminished size, form, or scale

Examples of MICROCOSM

  1. The village is a microcosm of the whole country.
  2. The game was a microcosm of the entire season.


Middle English, from Medieval Latin microcosmus, modification of Greek mikros kosmos
First Known Use: 15th century


Next Word in the Dictionary: microcosmosPrevious Word in the Dictionary: microcontrollerAll Words Near: microcosm
June 30, 2015
disinformation Hear it
false information deliberately spread
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears