miniature


1min·i·a·ture

noun \ˈmi-nē-ə-ˌchr, ˈmi-ni-ˌchr, ˈmin-yə-, -chər, -ˌtyr, -ˌtr\

: a very small sculpture, portrait, or painting

Full Definition of MINIATURE

1
a :  a copy on a much reduced scale
b :  something small of its kind
2
:  a painting in an illuminated book or manuscript
3
:  the art of painting miniatures
4
:  a very small portrait or other painting (as on ivory or metal)
min·i·a·tur·ist \-ˌchr-ist, -chər-, -ˌtyr-, -ˌtr-\ noun
min·i·a·tur·is·tic \ˌmi-nē-ə-chə-ˈris-tik, ˌmi-ni-, ˌmin-yə-, -ˌty-, -ˌt-\ adjective
in miniature
:  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

2miniature

adjective

: very small

Full Definition of MINIATURE

:  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.

First Known Use of MINIATURE

1714

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