\ ˈmi-nē \
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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead of trying to squeeze them all at once, Colvin recommends using also a mini lash curler for getting those hard-to-reach lashes on the corners. Talia Abbas, SELF, "13 Mistakes You’re Making When Using an Eyelash Curler," 30 Jan. 2019 Her new ink features a mini Vegemite jar on her arm, which is one of her fiance's favorite food. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Relationship," 27 Dec. 2018 There’s also a Lou Lou Ghost (a mini Louis Ghost Chair for children, naturally), a Charles Ghost (a backless stool), a Ghost Buster (a squat bookshelf), and several other plastic relatives. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Why The Transparent Plastic Ghost Chair Is An Icon Of Modern Furniture Design," 14 Nov. 2018 Apple is also planning the first upgrade to the Mac mini in about four years. Mark Gurman, The Seattle Times, "Apple is planning a new low-cost MacBook, pro-focused Mac mini," 20 Aug. 2018 David, actress and creator of mini series Eighty-Sixed, took to Instagram the day the news broke about the allegedly upcoming nuptials., "Here's What Cazzie David Has To Say About Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson's Engagement," 11 June 2018 The youngest Jenner started off New Year's Eve in a skin-tight mini dress that served major boob action and looked stunning with her new teal hair. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner’s New Year’s Eve Outfit Flaunted Major Boob," 2 Jan. 2019 Tate wore the high-necked mini dress, accessorized with a slew of hair ribbons, to her 1968 wedding to director Roman Polanski. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Sharon Tate's Iconic Babydoll Wedding Dress Is Going Up for Auction," 1 Nov. 2018 On Wednesday, the Duchess of Sussex showed some leg while garbed in a $595 black Judith & Charles, plunge neck-line tuxedo mini dress and matching pumps. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Meghan Markle wears sexy mini dress to Lin-Manuel Miranda 'Hamilton' gala show with Prince Harry," 30 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Luxury crackers have also made an impression in the UK: crackers made by MOET release a fruity aroma when snapped, and are filled with mini bottles of champagne. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "On the Undeniable Charm of British Christmas Crackers," 18 Dec. 2018 There were five empty miniature bottles of alcohol and a mini bottle of Champagne in the hotel room. Fox News, "Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication," 6 Sep. 2018 In classic 21st birthday fashion, Kylie’s cake was covered in mini bottles of alcohol with a Barbie of Kylie at the top. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Juicy Details From Kylie Jenner's Over-The-Top 21st Birthday Party That You Totally Missed," 10 Aug. 2018 Specials include $15 Modelo buckets and $65 Modelo buckets with a mini bottle of Patron Silver and Michelada mix. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Score at these World Cup viewing parties and specials," 13 June 2018 Carrie Underwood dazzled in a mini dress with touches of the bright color. Carolina Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson hit up the CMT Music Awards: Best and worst dressed celebrities," 6 June 2018 The discovery set comes with mini bottles of its 10 most sought-after fragrances, perfect for a testing session that the whole bridal party will enjoy. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Sephora Is Launching a 10-Piece Perfume Sampler for Wedding Season," 7 May 2018 The man thanked him, and gave him a beer and a mini bottle of Fireball whiskey. Staff Reports,, "Favorite moments of the Eagles' Super Bowl victory parade through Philadelphia," 8 Feb. 2018 To make a simple old-fashioned, mix a mini bottle of bourbon with two dashes of Angostura bitters, a sugar packet, and a few dashes of water. Popular Mechanics, "How To Fix Flying," 18 July 2016

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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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