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min·​i·​mal·​ist ˈmi-nə-mə-list How to pronounce minimalist (audio)
: one who favors restricting the functions and powers of a political organization or the achievement of a set of goals to a minimum
: an artist who creates minimal art
: an adherent of minimalism


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

Examples of minimalist in a Sentence

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If your sister-in-law is a minimalist, focus on gifting her a consumable good — something that’s not going to add one more item to their closet, cupboard, or drawers. Olivia Muenter, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Hand often brings over not just the food, but also the minimalist and sometimes brutalist or industrial design sensibilities of certain Seoul restaurants. Priya Krishna, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 My room, a 400-square-foot Double Room Deluxe in the Spa Wing of the hotel, was a minimalist’s dream, boasting monochromatic tones and sleek lines to create a clutter-free space. Annie Archer, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2024 The overall vibe here is chic and minimalist with lots of natural, organic materials. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2024 The all-white structures combine modernist and medieval, minimalist and ornamented. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Most Popular For the minimalist at heart, these negative space lines are a simple way to dress up a natural nail. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 16 Jan. 2024 Years of living in small spaces has turned me into something of a minimalist. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 4 Jan. 2024 Homeowners are turning away from minimalist, showroom looks in favor of a mix of blended eras and aesthetics. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Jan. 2024
Some of these shops had an Apple Store look—minimalist merchandising, counters of blond wood and glass—and seemed well capitalized. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 The bin has a minimalist design with a sleek, wood handle for easy carrying. Paige Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Feb. 2024 Featuring a minimalist menu, hole-in-the-wall square footage, and a limited set of ingredients and produce, 7th Street Burger opened that May and quickly took off. Talmon Joseph Smith, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 West's minimalist approach underscores the power of authenticity in communication. Soulaima Gourani, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 First, with its minimalist check-in desk, featuring a slab of lava stone over panels of smoky, black-and-gold agglomerated glass, topped solely with an ikebana-like flower arrangement in a slim, stylish ceramic vase. Liam Hess, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 The Porsche Design logo also sits discreetly on the front of each bag so as not to distract from the elegant, minimalist aesthetic. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 9 Feb. 2024 Melina’s Greek food is minimalist in ingredients but maximalist in flavor. Zoe Glasser, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Holen, who is from Norway, also wanted to infuse minimalist Scandinavian design elements. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minimalist was in 1906

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“Minimalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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