\ ˈmi-nē How to pronounce mini (audio) \
plural minis

Definition of mini

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: something small of its kind: such as
a : minicar
b : miniskirt



Definition of mini (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : small in relation to others of the same kind
2 : of short length or duration : brief

Definition of mini- (Entry 3 of 3)

: smaller or briefer than usual, normal, or standard minicourse minibus

Examples of mini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Channeling her mother’s look for the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, Gerber wore a black leather mini skirt paired with a bondage-style sheer bodysuit, a statement belt and strappy black heels. Helen Murphy,, "Kaia Gerber Channels Mom Cindy Crawford While Celebrating Her 18th Birthday in N.Y.C.," 7 Sep. 2019 Maddon reiterated that Wednesday’s day off could serve as a mini All-Star break before the Cubs’ four-game series against the rival Brewers starting Thursday night. Mark Gonzales,, "Kris Bryant’s sore knee is just the latest problem causing the Cubs lineup headaches," 3 Sep. 2019 For instance, Mongeau sported a multi-colored gold mini dress with matching thigh-high boots and gloves, while H.E.R wore a dark green jumpsuit adorned with a vibrant floral pattern on the front. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Tana Mongeau and H.E.R Just Walked the VMAs Red Carpet Wearing…Snakes," 27 Aug. 2019 In late June, a mini BISq opened in Boston’s new Time Out Market, specializing in sandwiches and charcuterie. Globe Staff,, "What are local chefs’ favorite restaurants?," 20 Aug. 2019 Is the renaissance of downtown Milford turning it into a mini Over-the-Rhine? Jeanne Houck,, "Is downtown Milford becoming a mini Over-the-Rhine?," 18 Aug. 2019 Everyone gets to make a mini bot to take home, and one lucky winner will leave with a special summer reading prize., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 5 Aug. 2019 The actress sported a skirt set made with rich black leather and scrunched sleeves, along with a matching mini with a peekaboo white lace trim. Vogue, "Chloë Sevigny Perfects the Downtown Slingback," 30 Apr. 2019 It can also be used to connect up to two 4K 60Hz displays, just in case your loved one aspires to be a mini Ron Amadeo. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

To highlight its big push back into basketball, Puma set up a space where shoppers can hang out on mini bleachers and play the latest NBA 2K video game. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "At Puma’s new flagship, you come to shop but stay for the F1 racing simulators," 29 Aug. 2019 Everything tasted fresh — the ramen noodles were rich and chewy and the meats were savory, particularly the mini sausage and the beef. Stephanie Schorow,, "Spicy World in Malden lives up to its name," 28 Aug. 2019 The mask retails at $48 for a standard 2.25oz tube, but also comes in a mini size for $25. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, "We Tried the Cult-Favorite Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask And it Actually Lives Up to the Hype," 27 Aug. 2019 An office off the entrance was filled with old chairs, mini refrigerators and leftover clothes — basically anything people moving out didn’t want to take with them. Shannon Ryan,, "Welcome to the ‘Lake House’, where at least 23 Northern Illinois football players have lived since 2010: ‘We still get Jordan Lynch’s mail’," 26 Aug. 2019 Prices range from $20 for the lace camisole to $40 for the mini dress. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 9 Rodarte Pieces Heading Back to Target," 14 Aug. 2019 No longer are these plastic (or leather) sandals paired with shorts, kaftans, and bathing suits, but with polished suits, mini dresses with statement sleeves, biking shorts, and flowy skirt and tee combinations. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "Summer's Biggest (and Most Questionable) Trend Is Now $1 at Old Navy," 15 June 2019 This year, everyone wore Fashion Nova mini dresses – but with a sick DIY. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Teens Are DIYing $40 Fashion Nova Dresses to Prom and the Looks Are Legit STUNNING," 29 May 2019 The former American Idol judge donned a mini dress that had Twitter freaking out (in a really good way). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Paula Abdul’s 2019 Billboard Music Awards Outfit Has Twitter Hardcore Fangirling," 2 May 2019

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1960, in the meaning defined above


1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mini

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very short skirt

English Language Learners Definition of mini- (Entry 2 of 2)

: smaller or shorter than usual or normal



Kids Definition of mini-

: very short or small

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