\ ˈmi-nē \
plural minis

Definition of mini 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: something small of its kind: such as

a : minicar

b : miniskirt

c : minicomputer



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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At long last, the wait for Cardi B's mini-me is over. Kathryn Lindsay,, "All About The Kulture: The Story Behind Cardi B's Daughter's Name," 11 July 2018 It's made with bubblegum ice cream and dressed with cotton candy, frosted mini cones, a swirl lollipop and vanilla frosting rim dusted with rainbow sprinkles. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "6 places for over-the-top, Instagram-worthy unicorn treats in Phoenix," 11 July 2018 Before heading to the event, Jenner posed with best friend of eight years Stassie Karanikolaou for a mini Instagram shoot. Kaitlyn Frey,, "See Kylie Jenner's Filler-Free Lips in First Outing Since She Revealed She Had Them Removed," 10 July 2018 Two years later, in the December 2002 issue, model Carmen Kass sported an orange bikini (complete with a very noughties denim mini!) with a white bucket hat while on the beach. Alexandra Gurvitch, Vogue, "Why Bucket Hats and Bikinis Are Summer’s Best Combination," 6 July 2018 What the combo leads to is a sweeping double-sided collection of vague disses and explicit references, leaving fans with general confirmation (yes, there’s a mini Drake in the world), while keeping cryptic on the remaining details. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "Drake's 9 Best Call-Outs on 'Scorpion'," 29 June 2018 Though the shoes certainly complemented her long-sleeve metallic mini, a customization of a Chanel Haute Couture look from fall 2013, anyone who's ever experienced that high-heel breaking point can understand Stewart's rationale. Molly Horan, Glamour, "Kristen Stewart Taking Off Her Heels on the 2018 Cannes Red Carpet Is a Mood," 14 May 2018 Marguerite served as her model and mini-me; the inseparable pair were often spotted parading around Paris in coordinating couture outfits. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "The Curious History of Mommy-and-Me Fashion," 13 May 2018 There are lots of companies who have a mini Harvey in them, who’s a bully, and what this really comes down to is bullying in the culture. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles on Recode Decode," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Jenkins has been in Florida since the Giants finished mini-camp, according to Russini. Khadrice Rollins,, "Report: Dead Body Found in Home of Giants Cornerback Janoris Jenkins," 26 June 2018 In her hand was a mini top-handle pink satchel and around her neck was a bright white polaroid camera. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Wears Fuzzy Slippers and Socks in Los Angeles," 13 July 2018 Add 4-5 ice cubes to serving glass, pour in mocktail, and garnish with fresh cilantro and a mini chili pepper., "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 The pickup truck, though, continued driving in the wrong direction and collided with a mini van. CBS News, "Survivor speaks out after multi-car crash kills man, 4 daughters," 10 July 2018 These mini meatballs are stuffed with roasted chiles. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Insane new Indiana State Fair foods that will complete your summer," 9 July 2018 Their mini kit has everything a weekend traveler needs: Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 and Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 July 2018 San Francisco Giants NewsOrlando Cepeda attends first Giants game since traumatic fall:... Can the team can make a mini-run? Ann Killion,, "With veterans on the mound and rotation all set, this could be Giants’ moment," 8 July 2018 Since then, Longoria has shared snapshots of her son sporting a mini jersey while supporting Mexico in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Dave Quinn,, "Baby Bliss! Eva Longoria Enjoys 'Morning Cuddles' with Her Newborn 'Angel' Son Santiago," 6 July 2018

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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



Kids Definition of mini-

: very short or small

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