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

There is almost no reason to believe anything more than a minuscule proportion of Congress actually supports Trump’s trade war. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Paul Ryan Unaware Constitution Lets Congress Override Presidential Veto," 12 July 2018 The minuscule house features a tiled roof, seven windows, a door and a teensy chimney. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Why scientists created the world's smallest house," 30 May 2018 Image Those figures are minuscule compared with investment in Silicon Valley, and even London. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Macron Vowed to Make France a ‘Start-Up Nation.’ Is It Getting There?," 23 May 2018 While the Supreme Court is the highest in the land, a minuscule number of cases make it that far. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Think President Trump Is About to Remake the Federal Judiciary? To Some Degree, He Already Has," 8 July 2018 Equally staggering is the minuscule percentage of women who have advanced to leadership positions within medicine compared to men. Nicolas Nguyen, STAT, "‘Benign sexism’ intrudes at a meeting of the world’s brightest minds," 3 July 2018 Part of the minute lead characters' effectiveness stems from their minuscule stature and consequent near-invisibility, hence their ability to zip around mostly unnoticed. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Film Review," 27 June 2018 Proponents claim that minuscule doses of psychedelics enhance creativity and productivity while reducing depression, anxiety, and cravings for cigarettes and alcohol. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 2018 The minuscule margin for error against big-league hitters can make any pitcher, especially young ones, try to be too fine. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Matt Strahm starting to show stuff, will start Wednesday," 5 June 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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