\ ˈmi-nē How to pronounce mini (audio) \
plural minis

Definition of mini

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: something small of its kind: such as

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 Most episodes cover a different sports saga, with the exception of a few mini-series that dive deep into one person or topic. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Best History Podcasts to Listen to Right Now," 31 July 2019 But Ring Fit Adventure also includes a mini-game mode and traditional guided exercise sets for those not interested in exploration or creature battles. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo’s weird exercise ring is used to control a Switch RPG," 12 Sep. 2019 Quentin Tarantino’s summer hit, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, might be coming to Netflix—as a mini-series. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "All of these super long movies should just be TV miniseries," 9 Sep. 2019 In Tony Kushner’s play turned HBO mini-series, Angels in America, some doctors refused to work with dying AIDS patients, leaving them in dirty beds to be cared for by anyone brave enough to enter the ward. Joelle Monique, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'It: Chapter Two' Leaves Richie Tozier Behind," 7 Sep. 2019 Check the Friday newsletter for details on the timing of our mini-series. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: TV selections coming, bowl projections, my top-25 ballot, poor ROI on head coaches and more," 6 Sep. 2019 The interior, a mini-series of bar and two dining rooms, channels the spare thinking of Japan and Denmark. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "In Richmond, two new enchanting reasons to drive and dine," 4 Sep. 2019 With all of its twists and turns, does the mini-series hold a candle to the 1994 original? Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Will Mindy Kaling's 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' Have a Season 2?," 30 Aug. 2019 The Royals will lose an offday, flying from Baltimore late Wednesday night, arriving for a brief stay in Boston, playing their mini-game, then heading out to Detroit. Alex Speier,, "Suspended game meant logistical challenges for Red Sox," 21 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Sunset, like much of San Francisco, is a mosaic: There are mini Sunset neighborhoods that are mostly Asian, and others that are mostly white, like the Inner Sunset around Ninth Avenue and the far Outer Sunset near the ocean. Carl Nolte,, "There’s a San Francisco city — and a San Francisco county. Here’s where to see the county," 26 Oct. 2019 National City Pumpkin Station: This pumpkin patch is surrounded by both giant and mini slides, a Ferris wheel, train jumpee, skyfighter ride, a play center and petting zoo. Carolina Gusman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your 2019 guide to pumpkin patches around San Diego County," 2 Oct. 2019 The kitchen, which features a grill and side burners, commercial sink, mini fridge and blender, was made possible by a matching grant campaign by Jeffrey and Nicole Goldberg of Boca Raton, who were inspired by the garden. Sergio Carmona,, "JARC embraces farm-to-table concept with outdoor kitchen," 12 July 2019 Our suite was thoughtfully furnished with nautical décor in the bedroom, a kitchenette nook with a mini-refrigerator and microwave and a high-top dining table. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "On California’s Lost Coast: Sea Lions, Surf and Squiggly Roads," 31 Aug. 2019 This Week In Heat Vision breakdown D23, which is essentially a mini Comic-Con put on by Disney, has been a key spot for big Marvel footage revelations. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "What Marvel Might Unveil at D23," 22 Aug. 2019 Find dishes like honey and fig saganaki and kataifi prawns, tomato fritters with a yogurt dill sauce, sheftelia meatballs with Greek slaw, and mini pita sandwiches with options of chicken, beef, Berkshire pork, Icelandic codfish or vegetarian. Grace Wong,, "Wood fired-cooking focused Good Fortune opens in Logan Square Thursday, plus more restaurant openings," 14 Aug. 2019 The mini Aussie has had no such pop culture flashpoint in recent history. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Mini Australian shepherds are the dogs of the moment.," 29 July 2019 Brownies, edible cookie dough and mini cinnamon rolls called Baby Buns round out the menu. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Vegan cinnamon rolls are coming to metro Phoenix. Here's when you can get one for $1," 8 July 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



Kids Definition of mini-

: very short or small

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