\ˈmi-nē \
plural minis

Definition of mini 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: something small of its kind: such as

a : minicar

b : miniskirt

c : minicomputer



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

That sends a message to every proto-Trump and mini-Trump the world over. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 Earlier this week, Apple proudly proclaimed that its new MacBook Air and Mac mini are both made from 100 percent recycled aluminum. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Apple will reportedly launch a pilot program to repair devices as old as the iPhone 4S," 1 Nov. 2018 Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) A movie made up of four mini movies. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 29 Oct. 2018 What could be better than dressing up like Minnie Mouse with your mini-me? Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "3 Easy Ways Mother-Daughter Duos Can DIY Their Minnie Mouse Halloween Costumes," 23 Oct. 2018 Serve them in mini skillet dishes so every guest can enjoy a pie of their own. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 Limerick: Waltz Golf Farm, located at 303 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick, is hosting a free fireworks show starting around 9:30 p.m., before which guests can purchase food from vendors and play a round of mini golf. Claire Wolters,, "Fireworks on July Fourth: Where to watch them in and near Philadelphia," 27 June 2018 Austin, two, ordered a cheeseburger from his mini Range Rover. Fox News, "2-year-old motorist uses McDonald's drive-thru and Ronald ain't lovin' it," 25 Apr. 2018 Directly underneath is a blocky mini-room that will soon be a scent bar where customers can sniff terpenes, the aromatic compounds secreted by the leaves of cannabis plants. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Wackier gadgets include crimp training resistance bands—essentially mini rubber bands that loop around each finger to stretch and strengthen them. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Forget Your Washboard Abs, the Hottest Workout Is for Your Fingers," 28 Nov. 2018 Along with the mini liquid lipsticks, Kylie revealed that the collection would include four full-size metallic lipsticks, two glitter glosses, a collection of four full-size liquid lipsticks, and a brand new lip kit. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Unveiled Her Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018 Part of the Catonsville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will transform into a mini-comic and superhero convention on Saturday, June 30. Cody Boteler,, "Catonsville library to host third annual Comic Con," 21 June 2018 Meanwhile, travelers from 15 states and beyond have visited Woodstock to lay candles, dimes and mini bottles of Wild Turkey at McLemore's grave at the Green Pond Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Mike Cason,, "Alabama Senate again delays action on economic developers bill," 28 Mar. 2018 Scientists have already grown mini human organs, known as organoids, in the lab. Laura Geggel /, NBC News, "Why tiny Neanderthal brains are now growing in petri dishes," 27 June 2018 Kids’ Plate options come with your choice of fries or applesauce: Steakburger, mini corn dogs, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, grilled cheese or chicken fingers. Melissa Reinert,, "Steak 'N Shake: Kids eat free every weekend this summer," 10 July 2018 The practice has netted millions of dollars over the years and spawned a mini literary genre that regularly fills up reporters’ in boxes: the news release touting a monetary recovery from another shady, discredited company’s business practice. Greg Moran,, "Appeals court ruling could affect DA-driven consumer lawsuits," 6 July 2018 As a thank you to these volunteers, the Morrison Chiropractic practice offered free mini chiropractic sessions to any folks who had volunteered with the restoration effort. Lisa Peklo, Howard County Times, "Artist captures local landmarks in paintings [West Friendship]," 28 June 2018

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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



Kids Definition of mini-

: very short or small

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