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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 Universal Standard, the beloved minimalist, size-inclusive, direct to-consumer brand, is pioneering in a new field: children’s books. Tanya Edwards,, "Universal Standard Is Publishing A Chic Children’s Book On Inclusivity In Fashion," 2 May 2020 Tipping the scales at a bantam weight of only 1.14 pounds, and less than a foot long, even the gram-conscious minimalists have to take notice. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "15 Pieces of Survival Gear We Can’t Live Without," 9 Sep. 2019 Last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards offered the star an opportunity to embrace her inner minimalist. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Won the Red Carpet at the Critics’ Choice Awards," 14 Jan. 2019 The surrounding art is calming and minimalist, and the logic puzzles are increasingly challenging. Popular Science, "Fourteen mobile games to make your quarantine more fun," 25 Mar. 2020 Scroll through this slideshow for CliffNotes tailored to the minimalist who still loves trying new trends. Megan Decker,, "6 Minimalist Beauty Trends To Steal From Fashion Month," 5 Mar. 2020 There are exceptions, like actual David Hicks interiors or masterworks by the Belgian minimalist Axel Vervoordt. Steven Sclaroff, New York Times, "What to Do With Your Parents’ Sofa, and Other Answers to Decorating Questions," 20 Nov. 2019 The in-your-face minimalists give her packing shame. Beth Teitell,, "The real reason you can’t pack for a trip," 19 Aug. 2019 Feast your eyes on this minimalist (yet excessive) home in Houston's Memorial neighborhood. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Peek inside this stunning $2.9M Memorial home before it hits the market," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective From the ground up Part of what makes Kingsbury’s grandiose setup so captivating is the minimalist style. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "A Batman cape, a Chris Pratt face: an inside look at the Lego Kliff Kingsbury home," 29 Apr. 2020 Reviewers love this cotton terry towel for its absorbency and minimalist style as well as its obvious cuteness. 10. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "12 great baby shower gifts you can get from Carter’s," 21 Feb. 2020 Millennial women have long known bathrooms — when tricked out with the right plants, paycheck-consuming candles, and Instagram-minimalist accessories, of course — to be an unlikely haven. Cait Munro,, "What Is The Meaning Of Home, Now That Home Is All We Have?," 7 May 2020 Auburn opened in March 2019 in a stunning modernist-minimalist space full of blond wood and natural light. Los Angeles Times, "Tasting-menu gem Auburn closes for good, the latest restaurant casualty of the coronavirus shutdown," 30 Apr. 2020 Apple fans will feel right at home with their minimalist design and intuitive controls, but everyone will be impressed with their noise cancellation, which is among the best in the field. Ryan Waniata, USA TODAY, "10 great headphones to help you work from home," 26 Mar. 2020 Salonen elicited eerily beautiful sonorities from Weill’s strange orchestration—for example, a slow-motion, proto-minimalist shimmer of winds in the third movement. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The L.A. Philharmonic Revisits the Weimar Republic," 9 Mar. 2020 Ball started out in the 1980s as a post-minimalist artist in New York, after graduating from Pomona College. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Barry X Ball puts his own spin on classical sculpture in exhibition at Dallas’ Nasher," 18 Feb. 2020 For that price, a buyer can get Cake's ultra-minimalist Ösa+ model. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Going electric could help revive the motorcycle industry," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of minimalist


1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Minimalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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