\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

Not mini, massive conglomerates of semi overlapping ... Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Box CEO Aaron Levie on Recode Decode," 11 July 2018 The band then played a tight, powerhouse mini-set underneath a disco ball on the rounded stage at the opposite end of the room. Dan Deluca,, "U2 keeps the faith with spectacularly staged 'Experience + Innocence' show at the Wells Fargo Center," 14 June 2018 By the end of two weeks, Tena and a group of teammates were programming a mini-autonomous car. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, "The Future of AI Depends on High-School Girls," 23 May 2018 Connecticut is, in other words, its own mini-pro GOP environment in a sea of Democrats doing well nationally. Harry Enten, CNN, "5 reasons Republicans could defeat an embattled Democrat in liberal New England," 31 Mar. 2018 Adam Jones is enduring a mini-slump his past five games, batting .143 with two of his three hits during that stretch being doubles. Josh Land,, "Orioles on deck: Pregame roster move, plus what to watch Saturday vs. Rangers and more," 14 July 2018 The splurge: The couple spent more than triple their original wedding ring budget. Honeymooning The groom’s parents surprised Ben and Moriah with a mini-moon in Stockton, N.J., "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 That program helped more than 175 homeowners transform their landscapes into climate-appropriate mini-watersheds that not only save water, but achieve additional benefits such as reducing storm water runoff and lessening green waste. Pomerado News, "Water agencies increase incentives to replace turf," 13 July 2018 On Wednesday, Apakorn met with experts from Elon Musk’s SpaceX team who had donated a mini-submarine for the rescue effort. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "After a Successful Cave Rescue, Thailand's Navy SEALs Will Add Cave-Diving to Their Training," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 In the meantime, a few are left in the mini size for $39.99 with free shipping on Amazon. Lyndsey Matthews, Cosmopolitan, "This Leotard Will Apparently Fix Your Dog’s Anxiety," 28 Feb. 2018 With the teams trading baskets — and leads — DiVincenzo reeled off seven quick points, punctuating the mini-run with a dunk. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Donte DiVincenzo's big night fires up Villanova on way to national title," 2 Apr. 2018 But the Gators fought right back with a mini run of their own to retake the lead at 43-40. William Wilkerson, star-telegram, "How sweet it is: Red Raiders heading to Sweet 16 after victory over Florida in home-like atmosphere | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 Mar. 2018 That led to a mini-run, and the Spartans held on from there. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "3 takeaways: MSU's Miles Bridges finds a way despite rough outing," 25 Feb. 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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