\ ˈmi-nē How to pronounce mini (audio) \
plural minis

Definition of mini

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: something small of its kind: such as
a : minicar
b : miniskirt



Definition of mini (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : small in relation to others of the same kind
2 : of short length or duration : brief

Definition of mini- (Entry 3 of 3)

: smaller or briefer than usual, normal, or standard minicourse minibus

Examples of mini in a Sentence

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According to local beat reporters, guess who dominated mini-camp? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football 2019: Miami Dolphins Preview," 18 June 2019 So far, this mini greenhouse has an average rating on Amazon of 4.3 stars, and customers are writing glowing reviews in their comments. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This $40 Portable Greenhouse Will Change the Way You Garden," 17 June 2019 Two years later, Donnie starred alongside Damian Lewis, his co-star from the HBO mini-series, in the film adaptation of Stephen King's thriller, Dreamcatcher. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Donnie Wahlberg's Net Worth Is More Than You'd Think," 15 June 2019 The success of the dramatic mini-series about one of the most horrific moments in accidental explosion history has sparked interest in fans to take trips to the real disaster area in Ukraine. Alexis Reliford,, "Chernobyl Obsessives Are Taking It To The Next Level By Visiting The Nuclear Site," 10 June 2019 Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press Adam Berghorst plans to arrive Sunday in East Lansing to take part in next week’s Michigan State football freshman mini-camp. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football signees know how much it will cost MLB teams to sign them," 5 June 2019 It's been a busy week for the Clooney's as George is currently promoting his newest project, a military-centric mini-series called Catch-22 for Hulu. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Gives Old Hollywood Glamour Better Than A Movie Star," 10 May 2019 Russell Crowe stars as the late Fox News founder Roger Ailes in a seven-part mini-series set to chronicle the last decade of his life. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Loudest Voice," 18 Apr. 2019 What’s up with those tiny arched windows sprinkled throughout Florence, Italy, that have wooden shutters and sometimes look like mini-me versions of the front door? Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Wine Windows Were the Original Speakeasies," 1 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Stanley Black and Decker Fan Zone features lawn games, entertainment, a rock wall and a mini golf course, as well as a family care zone, with access to WiFi and a charging station. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Heading to the 2019 Travelers Championship? Here’s everything you need to know from parking to tickets and who’s playing.," 11 June 2019 There are also magic shows, daily live music, a mini golf course, and BMX stunt performances, along with Barnyard Bingo (Sunday, 2:30 p.m.), one of the more peculiar games. Grace Dickinson,, "Huntingdon Valley’s June Fete: Rides, funnel cake, and 100-plus years of history," 5 June 2019 Part of the Newnan bowling alley’s roof collapsed over its glow-in-the-dark mini golf course due to the rain. Fleming Smith, ajc, "Local bowling alley still feeling impact of Friday’s downpours," 11 June 2018 Two golden lions are missing from a no-longer-secret free mini golf course in a yard in Southeast Portland. Lizzy Acker,, "Golden lions stolen from Portland's not-so-secret free mini golf course," 9 Jan. 2018 The mini bowling alley has been set up at the Worldwide Developer's Conference here to entice app makers into using its augmented reality software tools and push the idea of mixing live action and animation in apps. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Apple triples down on augmented reality, but it will be a tough sell," 6 June 2019 Even the bloody mary is getting in on the biscuit action with two mini biscuits tucked on a garnish of bacon, pickles and olives. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Biscuit Belly is bringing the fancy biscuit craze to Louisville's NuLu," 6 June 2019 The larger ones feature mini indoor-dining spaces; the smaller ones have open windows for walk-up orders. Grace Dickinson,, "The Piazza Pod Park opens in Northern Liberties on Saturday. Here’s what to expect," 4 June 2019 The singer-actress didn't hold back with her accessories either, and gave us the ultimate '90s throwback moment: a backward baseball cap, mini circular sunglasses, and pigtails. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Transformed into Jennifer Aniston in the '90s and We're Seeing Double," 29 May 2019

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1960, in the meaning defined above


1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mini

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very short skirt

English Language Learners Definition of mini- (Entry 2 of 2)

: smaller or shorter than usual or normal



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: very short or small

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