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miniature

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noun min·i·a·ture \ˈmi-nē-ə-ˌchu̇r, ˈmi-ni-ˌchu̇r, ˈmin-yə-, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of miniature

  1. 1 a :  a copy on a much reduced scale b :  something small of its kind

  2. 2 :  a painting in an illuminated book or manuscript

  3. 3 :  the art of painting miniatures

  4. 4 :  a very small portrait or other painting (as on ivory or metal)

miniaturist

play \-ˌchu̇r-ist, -chər-, -ˌtyu̇r-, -ˌtu̇r-\ noun

miniaturistic

play \ˌmi-nē-ə-chə-ˈris-tik, ˌmi-ni-, ˌmin-yə-, -ˌtyu̇-, -ˌtu̇-\ adjective

in miniature

  1. :  in a greatly diminished size, form, or scale

Examples of miniature in a sentence

  1. <a diorama filled with miniatures of town buildings as they looked in the 19th century>

Origin and Etymology of miniature

Italian miniatura art of illuminating a manuscript, from Medieval Latin, from Latin miniatus, past participle of miniare to color with minium, from minium red lead


First Known Use: circa 1586


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miniature

adjective min·i·a·ture

Definition of miniature

  1. :  being or represented on a small scale

Examples of miniature in a sentence

  1. a collection of miniature books

  2. The little boy looks like a miniature version of his father.

1714

First Known Use of miniature

1714

Synonym Discussion of miniature

small, little, diminutive, minute, tiny, miniature mean noticeably below average in size. small and little are often interchangeable, but small applies more to relative size determined by capacity, value, number <a relatively small backyard>. little is more absolute in implication often carrying the idea of petiteness, pettiness, insignificance, or immaturity <your pathetic little smile>. diminutive implies abnormal smallness <diminutive bonsai plants>. minute implies extreme smallness <a minute amount of caffeine in the soda>. tiny is an informal equivalent to minute <tiny cracks formed in the painting>. miniature applies to an exactly proportioned reproduction on a very small scale <a dollhouse with miniature furnishings>.

MINIATURE Defined for English Language Learners

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miniature

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noun min·i·a·ture \ˈmi-nē-ə-ˌchu̇r, ˈmi-ni-ˌchu̇r, ˈmin-yə-, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of miniature for English Language Learners

  • : a very small sculpture, portrait, or painting


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miniature

adjective min·i·a·ture

Definition of miniature for English Language Learners

  • : very small


MINIATURE Defined for Kids

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miniature

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noun min·i·a·ture \ˈmi-nē-ə-ˌchu̇r, ˈmi-ni-ˌchu̇r\

Definition of miniature for Students

  1. 1 :  a copy of something that is much smaller than the original <I made a miniature of the Eiffel Tower.>

  2. 2 :  a very small portrait or painting

History for miniature

Minium was the Latin name for a red pigment used in ancient times. In the days before printed books, this substance was used to decorate manuscripts. The Latin verb meaning to color with minium was miniare. In early Italian, its meaning was broadened to the point where it simply meant “to decorate a manuscript,” and the noun miniatura was used to refer to any manuscript illustration, no matter what color. Since the illustrations in manuscripts (called illuminations) are small by comparison with most other paintings, the word miniature, borrowed into English from Italian miniature, came to mean any small painting, and eventually anything very small.


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adjective min·i·a·ture

Definition of miniature for Students

  1. :  very small <miniature books> <a miniature breed of dogs>



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