1761, in the meaning defined above
obsolete Dutch minneken darling, ultimately from Middle Dutch minne love, beloved; akin to Old English gemynd mind, memory — more at mind
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“Minikin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minikin. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.
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