\ 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

All Day Liquid Lipstick, and a mini HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara zipped up in a Stila pouch — a $67 value for $44 starting April 22. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Mother's Day Deals of 2019 Are Happening Now," 3 Apr. 2019 This adorable mini Murphy from Wayfair is the perfect size for your pup, and looks as chic as ever when it's closed up and not in use. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Trying to Save Some Space? Your Dog Should Have Its Own Murphy Bed," 15 Mar. 2019 So, for example, the product fill on our full size Tattoo Liner is 0.55 ml, while the product fill for the mini is 0.2 ml - thats over DOUBLE the amount of product! Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners," 21 Feb. 2019 The Mac mini does nothing out of the ordinary here. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Mac mini review—a testament to Apple’s stubbornness," 23 Nov. 2018 Get the Anker SoundCore mini for $16.88 and save $13 2. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Here are the best deals on Amazon right now," 22 June 2018 The Special Gujarati Thali is a platter of mini foods of the Indian culture, while the Mini is a smaller sample of that. Brandon Patterson, Detroit Free Press, "NeeHee's vegetarian street food cited among top Indian restaurants," 23 Apr. 2018 There was the gilded gold clutch, a pair of hot pink pumps, and a mini-flask chain necklace to bring the entire look together. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Finds the Perfect Travel Accessory," 27 Mar. 2019 Coat 2 mini loaf pans (6 in. by 3½ in.) with nonstick cooking spray. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Divinity Candy," 7 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Reformation, for one, had the super-popular Sicilia Dress, which featured a lot of the same, beloved features of the Alexandra: the mini length, the ruffle details, the simple silhouette, and the springy pattern. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "We Found the Best Spring Dress Trend—And It's Under $150," 9 Apr. 2019 Complete with a blue scalloped roof and full mini kitchen, this ain't your average playtime spot. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's Over-the-Top Family Playhouse Is Surprisingly Affordable," 6 Apr. 2019 The mini moon measures just about a mile and a half across, and looks like a wee interloper passing in front of the mighty sun. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Curiosity Watched Two Eclipses on Mars. Here's What It Saw.," 5 Apr. 2019 Try adding these hip exercises for runners, this mini band circuit workout, or this butt-activating series to your routine. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s What Proper Running Form Actually Is and How Much You Should Care About It," 2 Apr. 2019 Place 1 Oreo in the bottom of each regular-size muffin cup and 1 mini Oreo in the bottom of each mini muffin cup. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019 Nearby, Les Halles food market is a food festival — crammed with butchers, fishmongers, pastry specialists, cheese shops and colorful produce stands, with a mix of food stands and mini restaurants. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 So Far Khloé, 33, has definitely been a fan of the thigh-high boot and mini dress combo in her pregnancy. Jen Juneau,, "Pregnant Khloé Kardashian Steps Out in (Super!) Micro Mini Dress and Thigh-High Boots in Tokyo," 1 Mar. 2018 But mini resistance bands take up practically no space and weigh next to nothing. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Why Everyone Should Own a Set of Mini Resistance Bands," 24 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of mini


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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