\ 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 Port’Alba claims to have invented this portable street food, and for nearly three centuries has stocked the eight-inch mini-pies in a display case by the entrance. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, "Inside Naples’ World-Famous Pizza Culture," 20 Feb. 2021 The 25-year-old has also played Elise Fox in the thriller ITV mini-series The Sister. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Who Is 'Bridgerton' Actress Simone Ashley?," 16 Feb. 2021 As a result, any changes from introducing the Neanderthal variant into the mini-brains would affect numerous other genes and be easier to spot. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, "Studying Neanderthal mini-brains, scientists unlock clues to modern human evolution," 12 Feb. 2021 It’s the latest processor available for flagship Android devices, and is on par with the processor inside the iPhone 12 mini, 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "Here’s what you need to know about Samsung’s Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra, Galaxy Buds Pro and Galaxy SmartTag," 14 Jan. 2021 Apple claims the 12 mini can last for 10 hours of streamed video, one hour less than the regular 12. Washington Post, "It’s okay if you weren’t paying attention to gadgets in 2020. Here are the best ones you missed.," 30 Nov. 2020 The iPhone 12 mini comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage configurations and starts at $699. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "You can now order the tiny iPhone 12 mini or the gigantic iPhone 12 Pro Max," 6 Nov. 2020 One intriguing offering, the iPhone 12 mini ($699), wasn't available for testing and won't be up for order until November 13. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "iPhone 12 review: Upgrade for the camera, not 5G," 22 Oct. 2020 The iPhone 12 mini starts at $699 and the iPhone 12 Pro starts at $999; both will be available for preorder on Oct. 16 and ship starting on Oct. 23. Vijith Assar, Wired, "The iPhone 12 Is a Smartphone Made for Our Terrible Times," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fans can begin purchasing season tickets, mini-plan packages, and reserve group outings. cleveland, "Lake Ridge Academy students create movie musical: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 22 Feb. 2021 Emerging online from Minneapolis' Parkway Theater, Shaw and Bergman hosted an extraordinary evening of music, stand-up comedy, a spoken essay and even a mini-TED talk on the science of space. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Boldly mixing new music and spoken word, Outpost 'variety show' bursts out of hibernation," 2 Feb. 2021 Joey King and Patricia Arquette were Emmy-nominated for their excellent work in this 8-part mini-series about one of the most sensational true crime stories of the modern era. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now," 1 Feb. 2021 So far, two local stores in Lewisville and Plano will add the mini-warehouse operations. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart to build huge e-commerce project in Lancaster and create more than 1,300 jobs," 27 Jan. 2021 Selapack said during a recent shift in Imperial County, where staffing shortages had created a mini-emergency of its own. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, "Southern California Ambulance Crews Are Running Out of Oxygen—and Gas," 23 Jan. 2021 More companies are also offering 8K TVs, OLED TVs and mini-LEDs TVs and Next-Gen TVs. oregonlive, "Better Super Bowl viewing: The best new TVs, sound bars, fan gear on sale," 22 Jan. 2021 The dancing mini-game plays out on the number pad and is essentially a rhythm game, requiring quick reflexes and an impeccable sense of timing. M. J. Lewis, Wired, "The Swashbuckling Escapism of Sid Meier’s Pirates!," 22 Jan. 2021 Those three pharmacies have combined to give out more than 2,100 doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine since late December, seeing their local stores convert to mini-vaccine clinics hosting dozens of vaccine appointments per day. Dennis Pillion |, al, "What 3 Alabama pharmacies learned offering the COVID vaccine," 18 Jan. 2021

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1960, in the meaning defined above


1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Feb 2021

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“Mini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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