noun min·ute \ˈmi-nət\

: a unit of time equal to 60 seconds : one 60th of an hour

: a brief period of time

: the distance that can be traveled in a minute

Full Definition of MINUTE

a :  the 60th part of an hour of time :  60 seconds
b :  the 60th part of a degree of angular measure
:  the distance one can traverse in a minute
:  a short space of time :  moment
a :  a brief note (as of summary or recommendation)
b :  memorandum, draft
c plural :  the official record of the proceedings of a meeting

Examples of MINUTE

  1. Bake the cake for 25–30 minutes.
  2. We waited for several minutes, but no one came to the door.
  3. I saw him a minute ago.
  4. Dinner will be ready in just a few minutes.
  5. One minute it was sunny, the next it was pouring rain.
  6. My house is just a few minutes from here.
  7. The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting.

Origin of MINUTE

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin minuta, from Latin minutus small, from past participle of minuere to lessen — more at minor
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Weights and Measures Terms

avoirdupois weight, calorie, denier, kip, pace, twain

Rhymes with MINUTE



Definition of MINUTE

transitive verb
:  to make notes or a brief summary of

First Known Use of MINUTE



adjective mi·nute \mī-ˈnüt, mə-, -ˈnyüt\

: very small

: very complete and precise


Full Definition of MINUTE

:  very small :  infinitesimal
:  of small importance :  trifling
:  marked by close attention to details
mi·nute·ness noun

Examples of MINUTE

  1. There were minute particles of dust in the air.
  2. The test detected minute amounts of contamination.
  3. The equipment is able to detect the minutest errors.
  4. She told him what happened in minute detail.
  5. a minute examination of the evidence

Origin of MINUTE

Latin minutus
First Known Use: 1606


noun min·ute \ˈmin-ət\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MINUTE

:  a 60th part of an hour of time or of a degree


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