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miniature

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noun min·i·a·ture \ˈmi-nē-ə-ˌchu̇r, ˈmi-ni-ˌchu̇r, ˈmin-yə-, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Simple Definition of miniature

  • : a very small sculpture, portrait, or painting

Full Definition of miniature

  1. 1 a :  a copy on a much reduced scale b :  something small of its kind

  2. 2 :  a painting in an illuminated book or manuscript

  3. 3 :  the art of painting miniatures

  4. 4 :  a very small portrait or other painting (as on ivory or metal)

min·i·a·tur·ist play \-ˌchu̇r-ist, -chər-, -ˌtyu̇r-, -ˌtu̇r-\ noun
min·i·a·tur·is·tic play \ˌmi-nē-ə-chə-ˈris-tik, ˌmi-ni-, ˌmin-yə-, -ˌtyu̇-, -ˌtu̇-\ adjective
in miniature
  1. :  in a greatly diminished size, form, or scale

Examples of miniature

  1. <a diorama filled with miniatures of town buildings as they looked in the 19th century>



Origin of miniature

Italian miniatura art of illuminating a manuscript, from Medieval Latin, from Latin miniatus, past participle of miniare to color with minium, from minium red lead


First Known Use: circa 1586


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miniature

adjective min·i·a·ture

Simple Definition of miniature

  • : very small

Full Definition of miniature

  1. :  being or represented on a small scale

Examples of miniature

  1. a collection of miniature books

  2. The little boy looks like a miniature version of his father.



1714

First Known Use of miniature

1714

Synonym Discussion of miniature

small, little, diminutive, minute, tiny, miniature mean noticeably below average in size. small and little are often interchangeable, but small applies more to relative size determined by capacity, value, number <a relatively small backyard>. little is more absolute in implication often carrying the idea of petiteness, pettiness, insignificance, or immaturity <your pathetic little smile>. diminutive implies abnormal smallness <diminutive bonsai plants>. minute implies extreme smallness <a minute amount of caffeine in the soda>. tiny is an informal equivalent to minute <tiny cracks formed in the painting>. miniature applies to an exactly proportioned reproduction on a very small scale <a dollhouse with miniature furnishings>.



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