1 of 3


plural minis
: something small of its kind: such as


2 of 3


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


3 of 3

combining form

: smaller or briefer than usual, normal, or standard

Examples of mini in a Sentence

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This best-selling, high-quality Lodge cast iron skillet is down to an unbeatable $20, and this Le Creuset mini cocotte is now just $22. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Banana Republic Paxton poplin mini dress Paired with boots or sandals, a shirtdress is the versatile piece to always have on hand in your wardrobe. Porter Simmons, Vogue, 27 Nov. 2023 Like Baloo's mini blanket, the Nodpod Body is a small weighted pad that covers just enough to feel the benefits without the heat or extra fabric. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 Every building has its own power-generating mini grid as well as a rainwater-harvesting system. Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, Travel + Leisure, 24 Nov. 2023 Consider those the building blocks to scoring free minis and gifts. Sarah Han, Allure, 24 Nov. 2023 Find it on Amazon Create a Soothing Atmosphere with Amber Glass Flameless Candles Transform your living space into a haven of tranquility with a set of flameless candles encased in beautiful amber glass mini hurricanes. Kathy Barr, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 Potential home hubs include the HomePod mini, HomePod, or Apple TV. WIRED, 8 Nov. 2023 Face mask minis Peter Thomas Roth Masking Minis Mask Kit, 5 Pieces $19 at Ulta $19 at Sephora Claytor loves the skincare brand Peter Thomas Roth and has been recommending its Masking Minis kit to clients for years. Bellamy Richardson,, 8 Nov. 2023
Bold, logoed leather jackets look great with cargo pants, mini bags, and trendy shades. Irene Kim, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2023 Bing’s, named after onetime Rancho Santa Fe resident and horse-racing enthusiast Bing Crosby, is an English-style pub/speakeasy serving custom cocktails and light bites like Peking duck tostadas and mini lobster rolls. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 The stones turn any space into a mini playground and can be used indoors and outdoors. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 My brother also dragged the crackers from Washington, DC to a bachelor party in Austin where a bunch of 30-year-old dudes also saw the mini Saltine light. Carey Polis, Bon Appétit, 13 Nov. 2023 For a classic strand of mini lights, the Home Accents Incandescents are affordable and deliver a warm white glow that is perfect for outdoor use or indoor decorating. Katie Begley, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 Decorators on social media have showcased using everything from mini ornaments to holiday candies (think peppermints or long candy canes) to fill the outer layer of their vases. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Nov. 2023 The mini dress, with its mock neck and asymmetrical hemline, is a piece from Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 1996 collection. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 6 Nov. 2023 My literal Queen who has raised mini Queens and a beautiful King. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 5 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History




Combining form


First Known Use


1960, in the meaning defined above


1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mini was in 1960

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Cite this Entry

“Mini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: something small of its kind: as


2 of 2 combining form
: very small or short : miniature

Combining form

derived by shortening from miniature

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