minimalist

noun
min·​i·​mal·​ist | \ ˈmi-nə-mə-list How to pronounce minimalist (audio) \

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

minimalist

adjective

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 This distressed area rug fits perfectly with modern, traditional, bohemian, minimalist, and even farmhouse design styles. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 June 2022 The piece on display here vividly depicts a red sun, whose rays read as a series of spikes, on a field of minimalist, widely spaced flowers. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 In chasing simplicity, the Jazz’s uniform designers make their black, white, and yellow jerseys minimalist to the extreme. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 June 2022 Those who appreciate the prairie silhouette, but prefer solids to prints, will want to live in Ganni’s minimalist take on the smocked dress. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 2 Nov. 2021 The nondescript brick exterior belies an interior that regulars of its previous tenant, Radial Cafe, will find transformed into an airy, minimalist, calming space. Ligaya Figueras, ajc, 8 May 2019 The following are some of the best sustainable summer staples that would make great additions to any wardrobe — minimalist or otherwise. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Whether your style is modern, bohemian, or minimalist, area rugs tie a space together and should be incorporated into most rooms like kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and entryways. Lily Gray, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 June 2022 Those willing to make the trip won’t be disappointed, though: despite being a hub for minimalist and site-specific art, Marfa also somehow holds true to its cowboy and ranching roots. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 23 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Its super-sleek minimalist design, clean lines and calming tone are reminiscent of Japanese hospitality, but its antique art and warm service are all Thai. Katie Lockhart, House Beautiful, 14 July 2022 The projector—a collaboration with German camera maker Leica—features top level specs and a pleasing minimalist design. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 12 July 2022 With a simple, minimalist white design, this eye-catching graphing calculator has a modern, smartphone-like appeal that sets it apart from the crowd. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 26 July 2022 Its minimalist design features one tassel and a discreet magnetic closure. Brittany Vanderbill, PEOPLE.com, 15 July 2022 Add small silver or gold glass balls to give it a modern, minimalist look, or go all in with garland, tinsel, and family keepsake ornaments. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2022 Take note that only the lid is dishwasher-safe, but the jar does clean easily because of its minimalist design. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 At the same time, this style's extra cushioning is also suited for meandering walks—and even daytime styling, thanks to the minimalist color-block design. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 June 2022 He was struck by its clean, minimalist design and intrigued by its sustainable cultivation methods. Will Yakowicz, Forbes, 15 June 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'minimalist.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of minimalist

Noun

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1929, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About minimalist

Time Traveler for minimalist

Time Traveler

The first known use of minimalist was in 1906

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near minimalist

minimalism

minimalist

minimality

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for minimalist

Last Updated

4 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Minimalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minimalist. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on minimalist

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for minimalist

Nglish: Translation of minimalist for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!