minuscule

adjective
mi·​nus·​cule | \ ˈmi-nə-ˌskyül How to pronounce minuscule (audio) also mi-ˈnə-\

Definition of minuscule

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : very small minuscule amounts
2 : written in or in the size or style of minuscules

minuscule

noun

Definition of minuscule (Entry 2 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

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Noun

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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At the beginning of the study, most participants could not tolerate even a minuscule amount of peanuts. Matthew Perrone, Fortune, "The FDA Is Weighing Final Approval on a Treatment for Peanut Allergies in Children and Teens," 13 Sep. 2019 The stock market was minuscule, handling around 0.5% US equity trading at the time. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s attempted buyout of London Stock Exchange is the most audacious in history," 11 Sep. 2019 The virus usually spreads when someone unknowingly ingests it from objects, food or drinks contaminated by minuscule amounts of stool from an infected person. Laura Ungar, USA TODAY, "Hepatitis A is breaking out across the country in wake of opioid crisis," 10 Aug. 2019 Each produces only a minuscule amount of silk, and some are cannibalistic. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Creating Synthetic Silk from Microbes," 1 Dec. 2018 The sophisticated tests now available include gas chromatography mass spectrometry, which can detect minuscule amounts of substance, and was used in missions to Mars. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "What a new WSU study tells us about the earliest days of smoking tobacco in the Northwest," 30 Oct. 2018 Trump’s myriad tweets, like his news conferences, are a mash-up of the momentous and the minuscule, a digital record of whatever is occupying his thoughts — and drawing his ire — from moment to moment. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, "Bugged and storming: Trump lashes out about bedbugs and nuking hurricanes," 27 Aug. 2019 When compared with the towering infernos that are visited upon California every year, the Amazon fires are minuscule. Washington Post, "Now begins the biggest challenge of the Amazon fires: Putting them out," 26 Aug. 2019 Nationally, the conviction rate for felony rape is minuscule. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Jessi’s law removes all parental rights from people convicted of rape, incest," 20 Aug. 2019

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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

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First Known Use of minuscule

Adjective

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for minuscule

Noun and Adjective

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

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minuscule

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of minuscule

: very small

minuscule

adjective
mi·​nus·​cule | \ ˈmi-nə-ˌskyül How to pronounce minuscule (audio) \

Kids Definition of minuscule

: very small minuscule amounts

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