minuscule

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

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

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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

But the resources remain minuscule, especially compared to other international treaties. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 Although the Dodgers take pride in trying to exploit the most minuscule of competitive edges, Friedman was not trying to soften up the other guy to take advantage of him in trade talks. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Alex Anthopoulos traded in the Dodgers for first place in Atlanta," 25 May 2018 Both this year and last, the number of price cuts was minuscule. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s speech exaggerates border peril," 6 Feb. 2019 Publishers employ hundreds of developers, producers, artists, animators, designers, writers, and actors to work punishingly long days for several years at a time, some working on the most minuscule of details to create immersive worlds. Sam White, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 21 Mar. 2018 Brides-to-be (and some grooms, too!) are known to go all out, planning their big days down to the most minuscule of details. Rebecca Shinners, Woman's Day, "10 Ridiculous Things That Actually Happened to Brides On Their Wedding Days," 22 Jan. 2016 By using the most precise equipment ever manufactured, including the largest vacuum chamber and most polished mirrors in the world, LIGO astronomers are capable of picking up some of these minuscule vibrations. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "LIGO Gravitational Wave Observatory Getting $30 Million Upgrade," 15 Feb. 2019 After posing in the tiniest thong for her Instagram Stories over the holiday season, Jenner decided to brave the Aspen snow in a minuscule, pink metallic bikini, a pair of snow boots, and a pretty warm looking hat. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Wears a Tiny Bikini in the Aspen Snow, Says 'F*ck It’s Cold'," 30 Dec. 2018 China was populous and rich in natural resources, but its economy was minuscule and in shambles from a decade of internal conflict. Maurice R. Greenberg, WSJ, "Some Friendly Advice for China’s Leaders," 21 Aug. 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 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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