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Lil·​li·​pu·​tian ˌli-lə-ˈpyü-shən How to pronounce Lilliputian (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the Lilliputians or the island of Lilliput
often not capitalized
: small, miniature
a Lilliputian camera
: petty


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: an inhabitant of Lilliput
often not capitalized : one resembling a Lilliputian
especially : an undersized individual

Examples of Lilliputian in a Sentence

Adjective to the Lilliputian minds of that small town any depiction of the nude, regardless of its artistry, was pornographic a model train carrying Lilliputian figures through a miniature landscape
Recent Examples on the Web
Though feedback in the category concerns Lilliputian vessels, readers nevertheless gave these brands some of the best marks received in any World’s Best Awards voting. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2023 The night my posse dropped by, the spread featured a Maine oyster sparked with pink peppercorns and dandelion pesto; a beignet with a pinch of crab, a stamp of lardo and a dab of romesco; and a Lilliputian deviled (quail) egg on an equally tiny nest of kadaifi. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 30 June 2023
So what could explain those Lilliputian apparitions? Emily Heil, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1726, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lilliputian was in 1726

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Cite this Entry

“Lilliputian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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