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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Though the sample size is still minuscule, there are few signs that Premier League defenses will tighten up any time soon. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Week English Soccer Lost the Plot," 7 Oct. 2020 The bond offers security at a cost Negative-yielding bonds that have a minuscule risk of default can be attractive to some investors. Simon Constable, WSJ, "Five Reasons Why Investors Might Buy Negative-Yielding Debt," 5 Oct. 2020 In addition to the heat spikes, the 2020 growing season had brought drought pressure, minuscule yields and the threat of smoke taint. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Napa's Spring Mountain avoided fires for years. Now the hill's boutique wineries face total destruction," 1 Oct. 2020 But lawyers in other spoofing and manipulation cases have argued that the ongoing cat-and-mouse game between traders and algos is understood across the market and that the gains are small on minuscule market moves. Tom Schoenberg, Bloomberg.com, "Inside the JPMorgan Trading Desk the U.S. Called a Crime Ring," 28 Sep. 2020 Yoan López and Stefan Crichton combined for a scoreless seventh to finish the shutout and further diminish the Rockies' already minuscule playoff chances. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Zac Gallen strikes out career-high 10, Diamondbacks beat Rockies," 25 Sep. 2020 The slim chances Congress will pass another coronavirus stimulus package appear to have gotten even more minuscule because of the partisan brawl erupting over filling Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "The battle in Congress to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dashing hopes for a COVID-19 stimulus package," 23 Sep. 2020 Even a minuscule shard could smash a satellite to pieces, dispersing more high-velocity debris. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Read More," 21 Sep. 2020 The number of asylum seekers now landing is relatively minuscule by comparison — and most are no longer Syrians. New York Times, "After Fire at Refugee Camp, Europe Faces a Reckoning," 19 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, the dishwasher industry is pretty small in India, estimated at under Rs200 crore ($30 million), minuscule compared to air conditioners (Rs20,000 crore), refrigerators (Rs21,000 crore), or washing machines (Rs8,000 crore). Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way Indians do their dishes," 4 Oct. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of minuscule was in 1701

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27 Oct 2020

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“Minuscule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minuscule. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for minuscule

minuscule

adjective
How to pronounce minuscule (audio)

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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