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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

This is another example of beauty brands catering to specific audiences in the way that Glossier makes products for the minimalist beauty buff and how Fenty has homed in on their underrepresented customers in terms of shade availability. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Gucci Beauty Launches Lipsticks for the Cool Kids (That's You)," 8 May 2019 And there are some really great sleek options for minimalist commuters. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Backpacks for the Daily Grind," 2 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 Viewers likely admired the clean, minimalist space, with white counters, a square tile backsplash, and a few red accents. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford's Genius $5 Trick to Liven Up an All-White Kitchen," 25 Mar. 2019 The minimalist neighborhood space has an 11-page bottle list to round out the 11 taps. Bon Appetit, "Himmeriget," 18 June 2018 The industrial, minimalist space is punctuated by pops of colors from the bags on display—to be credited to Tokujin Yoshioka, a Japanese designer who's also worked with Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Hermès. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Fall Store Openings We're Excited About," 21 Sep. 2018 Luckily, some are even available as rentals, like this sleek, minimalist construction clad in black larch slats that’s located on a peninsula off the coast of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Minimalist charred-timber getaway is available to rent," 31 May 2018 Macaron Bars are white, minimalist spaces fans often bill the Apple Stores of macarons, co-founder Patrick Moloughney said. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Macaron Bar opens on Mass Ave. this summer," 14 May 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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