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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

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Aside from jewelry, there are bags, scarves, candles, even stationery that appeal to both the sleek minimalist and the all-out maximalist—all at affordable prices. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Shops in Hong Kong," 4 Mar. 2018 The Gorjana minimalist piece costs $70 (there's an extra 20 percent discount right now because of Cyber Monday) and suits all ages. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Michelle Obama Loves to Gift This Gorjana Rose Gold Necklace to Her Friends," 26 Nov. 2018 Prada Card Holder Give the stylish minimalist in your life the gift of leaving his wallet behind with this sleek, slim-profile card holder. The Editors, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide," 11 Feb. 2019 Flat slab cabinets look particularly great in contemporary kitchens and are ideal for minimalists. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Doors and Drawers," 11 Feb. 2019 Though a dedicated story writer skilled in dramatic compression, Dubus was no minimalist. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction Books: A Sinner at Home in a Fallen World," 18 Oct. 2018 Every buying decision feels all the more important as a minimalist. Mandy Ferreira, Good Housekeeping, "What It’s Really Like to Be a Minimalist," 12 Aug. 2018 Head to the back courtyard and discover Köket (Swedish for 'kitchen'), where exposed brick, simple white walls, concrete floors, and a timber counter bar give the place a minimalist, pared-down feel. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 Buy It: Topshop Multi Stripe Jumper, $68.00, Topshop Another one for the minimalists! Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "The Perfect Fall Sweater is $440. So I Found 14 Under $100 Instead.," 21 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The home is decorated in a minimalist style, with a muted color palette, Midcentury Modern furniture and vintage pieces. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "New York Triplex Owned by Martha Stewart’s Daughter Lists for $53 Million," 21 Feb. 2019 Our overdyed and stretched rugs have a monochrome look that fits well in a European, minimalist style; and our more traditional rugs fit well in an American eclectic home that might have accents from travels abroad. Sophia Markoulakis, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bold, artisanal Turkish rugs are in demand," 10 May 2018 The cast has finessed the knack of delivering epigrammatic quips and clever comebacks while barely moving their lips, streamlining screwball comedy to a minimalist art. James Wolcott, HWD, "Confessions of a Suits Fan: Why the Legal Drama That Launched Meghan Markle Works," 27 Apr. 2018 Gadget trends like Punkt’s LTE version of its minimalist phone and the tiny Palm phone for your big phone are meant to offer a reprieve from our hectic lives and take breaks. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Gadgets," 30 Dec. 2018 The Swedish retailer may be best known for its minimalist flat-pack furniture that’s a staple of first apartments everywhere, but don’t let that fool you: IKEA is a serious player in the world of kitchen design. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "All You Need," 11 Feb. 2019 When the couple launched Too Faced in the late 1990s, the beauty landscape was composed of tasteful nudes, somber browns, and minimalist packaging. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Maximalist Dream Home of Two California Beauty Gurus," 6 Feb. 2019 When that June day comes, and the futon-and-cinderblock-bookshelf crowd is laughing at you, oomph is out, and the minimalist look seems poised for a comeback. David Netto, Town & Country, "One Interior Designer on the Subtle Art of Decorating a Dorm Room," 12 July 2018 And then there’s Ex American, a minimalist but vibrant blend of new-wave, techno and pop. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Grayling album release, J. Walker & the Crossguards, Chris Canas," 12 July 2018

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1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

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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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