\ 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 Bell bottoms and mini-skirts appeared in the ‘60s and ‘70s., 13 May 2022 Then the mini-cases vanish and, in the middle of the main trial, Mickey illustrates his gifts as a lawyer by mansplaining extremely rudimentary legal principles to Izzy from the back of his Lincoln. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 The second look includes twin emerald-green mini-dresses, with Williams' piece including a belt tied in the back and Ohanian's having black writing along the hem. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 May 2022 The courts and antitrust enforcers treat them as mini-businesses and prohibit them from banding together to build power. Sandeep Vaheesan, The New Republic, 2 May 2022 The process was well-organized with a like-number of police and health workers to corral the 100+ passengers into buses and mini-vans to be quarantined in their residential district. Russell Flannery, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 There are also several premium options available – including on-field cabanas, dugout suite, sky deck seats, and mini-suites in the stadium’s SportsMed Club area. al, 25 Apr. 2022 Second place receives a pair of adorable Racing Nuns: Rev up the wheels on the bottom, toy-car-style, and send the mini-sisters sweeping gracefully down the hallway. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Think hotel shampoo mini-bottles, single-use tooth-flossing picks, all those at-home Covid tests. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sometimes, blood is blocked for only a short time -- usually five minutes at most -- and that is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a mini-stroke. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 17 May 2022 The mini-chaise is designed for kids ages 3 to 8, with a weight capacity of about 80 pounds. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 Hosting the fabulous fête was none other than Emily Ratajkowski, who dazzled the crowd in a bold orange mini-dress straight from Michael Kors’ fall 2022 runway. Vogue, 13 May 2022 Each nightly event through Saturday features a different dance style and opens with a mini-lesson at 7 p.m. Two popular area DJs set the tone. Globe Correspondent,, 11 May 2022 That run — easily the longest in Broadway history at the time — earned it dozens of entries in Life magazine’s weekly mini-reviews, which were written by Benchley (with one exception). New York Times, 11 May 2022 Hanas has been in a mini-slump, pointless in his last 3 games. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 8 May 2022 The cause of that mini-stroke was not known at the time, but in the 12-minute YouTube video posted on Wednesday, the model shared more details about what really happened. Serena Coady, SELF, 28 Apr. 2022 Each site typically has seven hitting bays, a bar and food service – kind of like a mini-bowling alley for golf. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Mini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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: very short or small

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