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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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The chef is French, the menu and decor, minimalist. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "Here’s why everyone is going to Portugal now," 18 June 2019 Wales Bonner's minimalist, streetwear-meets-menswear aesthetic looks good on everyone. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet Grace Wales Bonner, the Boundary-Breaking Designer Behind Meghan Markle's White Dress," 8 May 2019 Expect much more to come from minimalist brand Frankie Shop (who boasts outposts in New York and Paris) starting May 20th, such as timeless pieces to satiate any minimalists wardrobe. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Net-a-Porter Taps 7 Hot Direct-to-Consumer Brands For Summer," 1 May 2019 Hit up Bey Karaköy for Everlane-style minimalist menswear and cool-girl concept shop Mae Zae for handmade ceramics and funky wood and leather jewelry. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Her minimalist prints are in Saatchi Art’s latest catalog honoring Women’s History Month. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "The Black Artists + Designers Guild is a Creative Force Shaking Up the Design World," 18 Mar. 2019 Le Peloton Café This minimalist café focuses on two things: coffee and cycling. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Cafés and Coffee Shops in Paris," 3 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Her aesthetic, which veers minimalist and menswear inspired, is a bridge between ready-to-wear and the conventional white wedding dress. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zoë Kravitz Wears the Ultimate Cool Girl Bridal Label in Paris," 29 June 2019 Sessa’s music is lush and minimalist at the same time. John Adamian,, "Brazilian pop star Sessa at the State House," 28 June 2019 The single-story home, built in 1961, blends minimalist and modernist elements in an open floor plan of more than 2,800 square feet. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale,, "Hot Property Newsletter: Passing go," 22 June 2019 At Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, minimalist sculptures symbolize and tell the stories of gay luminaries from the past. Susan Dunne,, "Two very different approaches to LGBTQ history at Atheneum, CHS," 18 June 2019 The modern home decor style is basically one of my minimalist dreams. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Wayfair's modern furniture brand is having a huge sale right now," 18 June 2019 The more intuitive, minimalist bent of the Library redesign echoes Spotify’s experimental lean-back listening app Stations, which recently launched on both iOS and Android in the US following a trial run in Australia. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Spotify Streamlines 'Your Library' Tab With Greater Emphasis on Podcasts," 13 June 2019 The store features minimalist design with a gallery-like theme so that the apparel, footwear, and accessories are the main attraction., "What’s new in Avondale?," 13 June 2019 Monte Xanic couldn’t be more different, with its ultra-sophisticated cosmopolitan air and minimalist architecture and interior design. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Already been to Napa Valley? Next head south to Mexico's wine country, Valle de Guadalupe," 6 June 2019

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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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