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Definition of minimalist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one who favors restricting the functions and powers of a political organization or the achievement of a set of goals to a minimum
2a : an artist who creates minimal art
b : an adherent of minimalism



Definition of minimalist (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or done in the style of minimalism

Examples of minimalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In typical minimalist Moser form, the dial is bereft of indexes, numerals and logo, and the eraser also symbolizes the removal of those elements. Carol Besler, Robb Report, "The Dial as Canvas: 5 Artists Who Turned High-End Watches Into Paintings That Tick," 27 Apr. 2021 In the five decades of his wildly successful career, the 72-year-old Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt has created minimalist, wabi-sabi interiors for projects ranging from European castles to Kim Kardashian’s house in Los Angeles. Travel + Leisure Staff, Travel + Leisure, "It List 2020: Our Editors’ Picks of the Best New Hotels in the World," 19 Feb. 2020 Founded by husband and wife duo Yang Pei and Stephanie Li, the cult-favorite accessories line offers an array of minimalist, vegan style handbags at affordable prices. Julie Tong, Vogue, "20 Ways to Shop and Support the AAPI Community," 9 Apr. 2021 The fan-favorite, minimalist Pigeon Pithivier is still on the menu, slightly modernized but mostly intact. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, "Why This Michelin Three-Star Chef Left America for Culinary Glory in Hong Kong," 8 Apr. 2021 Their designs, which include cube side tables and rectangular consoles, feature minimalist shapes covered top to bottom in neutral or pastel-colored square tiles. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Tiled Tables Are Taking Over Social Media—Here's How to DIY One for Less Than $100," 6 Apr. 2021 This minimalist, floating nomadic structure combines the convenience of a hostel with the mobility of a tent. Jim Dobson, Forbes, "Outrageous Designs For Nomadic Living In A Post-Pandemic World," 18 Mar. 2021 Renowned for their high-quality pieces sold at more affordable (though, admittedly still expensive) prices, Article is a go-to for mid-century-modern design and minimalist, bohemian elements. Rebecca Norris, USA TODAY, "15 top-rated patio sets that are perfect for spring," 18 Mar. 2021 More to know: The brand recently launched an ultra-plush, minimalist-leaning modular seating collection dubbed Range that is, like Nomad, highly customizable. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Ready for a new sofa? Check out these top couch-in-a-box brands," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The minimalist approach to makeup complements de Armas's newest statement accessory: a French-girl bob. Megan Decker,, "Ana de Armas Shares Her “Easygoing” Beauty Routine," 26 Apr. 2021 Prince famously took back this minimalist-funk masterpiece for himself after writing it for Mazarati, a band formed by the Revolution’s keyboardist, BrownMark. Los Angeles Times, "All 85 Prince singles, ranked 4 u from worst 2 best," 21 Apr. 2021 But Scalabrine got too caught up in trying to do the play-by-play when a more minimalist approach — telling us who scored, complimenting a subtle defensive play, that sort of thing — would have been better., "NBC Sports Boston’s lack of depth apparent on recent Celtics broadcast," 21 Apr. 2021 Accepting this minimalist approach is all about reducing the number of products or wearing less makeup, allowing your natural skin texture to shine while committing to a more economical and eco-friendly beauty routine. Anjana Rajbhandary,, "What is skinimalism?," 11 Apr. 2021 At his best, Hemingway achieved the alchemy of crafting sentences that were minimalist and unsentimental yet deeply expressive. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Many Paradoxes of Ernest Hemingway," 10 Apr. 2021 On the streets of Manhattan, Kendall Jenner asserted her individuality in minimalist all-back from The Row. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, The Best Dressed Stars Chose Fashion with Personality," 23 Nov. 2020 It’s all very minimalist and modern, with piano-black surfaces, silver trim, wireless phone charging and adjustable mood lighting in 64 colors and 10 levels of brightness. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2022 Hyundai Tucson Offers Daring Looks, More Power and Space," 9 Nov. 2020 The home’s kitchen has a minimalist design and is open to that second living room. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Check out a six-bedroom home on more than an acre in Dallas’ Old Preston Hollow," 17 Apr. 2021

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1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Minimalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of minimalist

: of, relating to, or following a style in art, literature, or music that is very simple and uses a small number of colors, parts, materials, etc.

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