minuscule

noun
mi·​nus·​cule | \ˈmi-nəs-ˌkyül also mi-ˈnəs- \

Definition of minuscule 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a lowercase letter

2a : one of several ancient and medieval writing styles developed from cursive and having simplified and small forms

b : a letter in this style

minuscule

adjective
\ˈmi-nəs-ˌkyül\

Definition of minuscule (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : written in or in the size or style of minuscules

2 : very small minuscule amounts

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Adjective

Minuscule derives from the Latin adjective minusculus, which means "rather small." The "minuscule" spelling is consistent with the word's etymology, but since the 19th century, people have also been spelling it "miniscule," perhaps because they associate it with the combining form "mini-" and words such as "minimal" and "minimum." Usage commentators generally consider the "miniscule" spelling an error, but it is widely used in reputable and carefully edited publications and is accepted as a legitimate variant in some dictionaries. ]>

Examples of minuscule in a Sentence

Adjective

public health officials have claimed that the chemical is harmless in such minuscule amounts

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Remember when one minuscule-yet-precise X-Wing blew up a space station that could destroy planets? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 18 Dec. 2017 April 17, 2018 —Pope Francis, the current supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church, wields two different kinds of authority, one vast and one minuscule. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Pope Who Would Be King' details the birth of the modern papacy," 17 Apr. 2018 Remember when one minuscule-yet-precise X-Wing blew up a space station that could destroy planets? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 18 Dec. 2017 Remember when one minuscule-yet-precise X-Wing blew up a space station that could destroy planets? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 18 Dec. 2017 Remember when one minuscule-yet-precise X-Wing blew up a space station that could destroy planets? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 18 Dec. 2017 Remember when one minuscule-yet-precise X-Wing blew up a space station that could destroy planets? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 18 Dec. 2017 Remember when one minuscule-yet-precise X-Wing blew up a space station that could destroy planets? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 18 Dec. 2017 Remember when one minuscule-yet-precise X-Wing blew up a space station that could destroy planets? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Problem with The Last Jedi's New Star Destroyer," 18 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The largest of these individual effects is minuscule, however; each one increases risk infinitesimally. Robert Plomin, WSJ, "Our Fortunetelling Genes," 15 Nov. 2018 And the number of complaints was minuscule compared to the 55,000 ballots collected on the first day of voting alone. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Texas voting machines are switching votes — but it’s bad design, not hacking," 30 Oct. 2018 Population growth has continued to trickle up, labor force availability, especially in the construction industry, is lackluster at best, and productivity figures for the economy at large show minuscule improvements. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018 If the sight of a minuscule amount of blood (which happens from checking blood glucose levels) bothers you in any way, then please just don’t watch. Jennifer Lavallee, SELF, "5 Things I’m Sick of Hearing as Someone With Type 1 Diabetes," 29 Aug. 2018 That’s despite the fact that official government figures in these countries show that only a minuscule number of Muslim women living there wear face coverings — in some of the countries, the numbers were actually too low to even count. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Boris Johnson’s offensive comments about the burqa, explained," 10 Aug. 2018 Any single variant in the parents had a minuscule effect on the children’s education. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "You Are Shaped by the Genes You Inherit. And Maybe by Those You Don’t.," 25 Jan. 2018 It Cosmetics Tightline 3-in-1 Black Primer, Eyeliner, and Mascara, $24 $18 The minuscule brush on this mascara grabs every little last hard-to-reach lash. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "The It Cosmetics Foundation I Tell Everyone About Is 25 Percent Off," 2 Nov. 2018 Because Kosovo’s tourism industry, outside of diaspora Albanians, is minuscule, Pristina might be one of the few places in the world where you aren’t treated as a tourist. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of minuscule

Noun

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for minuscule

Noun

French, from Latin minusculus rather small, diminutive of minor smaller

Adjective

see minuscule entry 1

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minuscule

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English Language Learners Definition of minuscule

: very small

minuscule

adjective
mi·​nus·​cule | \ˈmi-nə-ˌskyül \

Kids Definition of minuscule

: very small minuscule amounts

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