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noun min·ute \ˈmi-nət\

Simple Definition of minute

  • : 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

  1. 1 a :  the 60th part of an hour of time :  60 seconds b :  the 60th part of a degree of angular measure

  2. 2 :  the distance one can traverse in a minute

  3. 3 :  a short space of time :  moment

  4. 4 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

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Rhymes with minute



verb min·ute

Definition of minute


  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make notes or a brief summary of



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

Simple Definition of minute

  • : very small

  • : very complete and precise

Full Definition of minute


  1. 1 :  very small :  infinitesimal

  2. 2 :  of small importance :  trifling

  3. 3 :  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

Synonym Discussion of minute

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>.

circumstantial, minute, particular, detailed mean dealing with a matter fully and usually point by point. circumstantial implies fullness of detail that fixes something described in time and space <a circumstantial account of our visit>. minute implies close and searching attention to the smallest details <a minute examination of a fossil>. particular implies a precise attention to every detail <a particular description of the scene of the crime>. detailed stresses abundance or completeness of detail <a detailed analysis of the event>.

Medical Dictionary


noun min·ute \ˈmin-ət\

Medical Definition of minute

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

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