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

Definition of mini

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: something small of its kind: such as

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 However, last-minute mini-crises can prevent you from arriving on time for happy hour. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Feb. 14, 2020: Gemini, yearn for romance; Aquarius, powerful allies join your side," 14 Feb. 2020 At the end of 2002, Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong’s first chief executive after the handover of sovereignty from British to Chinese rule, was spearheading the introduction of the controversial Article 23 of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-Constitution. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s coronavirus panic buying isn’t hysteria, it’s unresolved trauma," 12 Feb. 2020 The dessert counter has everything from crème brûlée and cannoli to macaroons and mini cheesecakes. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Forgot to make plans for Valentine’s Day? Here are some last-minute ideas in Frisco," 12 Feb. 2020 But Butler twice had 7-0 mini-runs and led by as many as four in the half. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Kamar Baldwin's heroic effort leads shorthanded Butler to OT win over Marquette," 25 Jan. 2020 Consecutive threes by Abram put the Panthers back in front at 43-42 with 16:48 left, then UWM answered a 6-0 mini-run by the Jaguars with one of their own. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UWM 78, IUPUI 74: The Panthers come up big late and their long Horizon League losing streak is over," 3 Jan. 2020 Then there are the tie-ins: a children’s book (from 2015) and an animated film (2017), along with endless online content, from a GQ video in which Carey expounds on her love for Christmas to an Amazon Music mini-documentary on the song’s endurance. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, "How Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ Finally Hit No. 1," 16 Dec. 2019 After Minnesota’s 11-game winning streak was snapped — the third-longest active run in the nation — a new mini-run likely must happen to advance to make the program’s first Big Ten title game in Indianapolis on Dec. 7. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Win and Gophers are in biggest game yet: vs. Badgers for the Axe and West," 17 Nov. 2019 Neveah Hallmark Jocelyn Cuevas and Tania Reyes were among the Queens players who helped create those mini runs. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bondy, Miller, Queens, Thompson advance in 8B volleyball tourney," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Veridian Homes, a developer based out of Madison, proposed building 210 single-family homes at the former driving range, mini golf course and batting cage under the R-7 zoning. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menomonee Falls looks to end ordinance that allows single-family homes to be built on lots this small," 21 Jan. 2020 The snow line is also the sweet spot where theorists expect most ice-rich, intermediate-mass super Earths and mini Neptunes to form. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "The Curious Case of Proxima C," 15 Jan. 2020 Big gifts are great, but mini stocking stuffers are where the real holiday fun is at. Teen Vogue, "45 Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers to Gift This Holiday Season," 8 Nov. 2019 There’s a Nintendo Switch ($299) to mull over, a timeless Shinola Runwell watch ($550), Bose noise canceling headphones ($349.99), a Jacquemus Chiquito mini bag ($270) or a classic Fortnum & Mason vegan Christmas gift hamper ($325). Cady Lang, Time, "The 20 Best Holiday Gifts Under $250," 19 Dec. 2019 The former married couple had a mini reunion at Aniston's annual holiday party over the weekend. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brad Pitt Made an Appearance at Jennifer Aniston's Holiday Party," 16 Dec. 2019 The anniversary comes just months after the band--sans Justin Timberlake--joined Ariana Grande onstage at Coachella for a mini reunion. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lance Bass Is So Down for an *NSYNC Reunion: 'If There's Any Time, it Would Be Right Now'," 25 Nov. 2019 The fashion world has found a way to organize a mini-Mad Men reunion. Marcus Jones,, "See Mad Men stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka's sweet mother-daughter reunion," 4 Sep. 2019 The show started with the actors reuniting for a press event, and their mini reunion led them to reflect on how much has changed since the finale in 2000. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "5 Shocking Moments From the ‘90210’ Reboot Premiere," 8 Aug. 2019

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1960, in the meaning defined above


1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Feb 2020

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“Mini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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