Definition of microcosm
1 : a little world; especially : the human race or human nature seen as an epitome of the world or the universe
2 : a community or other unity that is an epitome of a larger unity
microcosmicplay \ˌmī-krə-ˈkäz-mik\ adjective
microcosmicallyplay \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
: in a greatly diminished size, form, or scale
Examples of microcosm in a sentence
The village is a microcosm of the whole country.
The game was a microcosm of the entire season.
Did You Know?
A microcosm is a "little world" - "mikros kosmos" in Greek. The Greek term was modified to "microcosmus" in Medieval Latin. When early medieval scholars referred to humans as miniature embodiments of the natural universe, they either employed the Latin word microcosmus or they used the English translation, "less world." "Man is callyd the lasse worlde, for he shewyth in hymselfe lyknesse of all the worlde," wrote John Trevisa when he translated the Latin text of Bartholomaeus Anglicus’ encyclopedia in the 14th century. But by the 15th century scholars had adopted an anglicized version of the Latin word, the word we use today - "microcosm."
Origin and Etymology of microcosm
Middle English, from Medieval Latin microcosmus, modification of Greek mikros kosmos
First Known Use: 15th century
MICROCOSM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of microcosm for English Language Learners
: something (such as a place or an event) that is seen as a small version of something much larger
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