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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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: Adjective For the fourth day in a row, Maryland’s rate of positive tests increased slightly, albeit by a minuscule amount. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland reports 860 COVID cases, 10 more deaths as Gov. Larry Hogan defends lifting capacity restrictions," 14 Mar. 2021 Even if there is such a link—and the possibility is still being investigated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and others—the case numbers are minuscule in comparison with the number of people who have received the vaccine. David Meyer, Fortune, "AstraZeneca COVID vaccine: German cities follow Canada in pausing rollout over clotting fears," 30 Mar. 2021 In Chukumba's view, Microsoft has simply traded a minuscule chunk of some Xbox digital revenue in exchange for a GameStop commitment to use Microsoft's cloud products and tablets in its stores, as announced last week. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Microsoft will give GameStop a share of Xbox’s digital revenues," 15 Oct. 2020 Yet as a share of its nearly 1.4bn people, the tally is minuscule, despite a huge outbreak. The Economist, "Getting off lightly India seems to have suffered surprisingly few deaths from covid-19," 13 Mar. 2021 Bitcoin’s climate footprint of 37Mt CO2 is still minuscule compared to other digital industries. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Bill Gates Says Bitcoin Is Bad for the Planet. He’s Not Wrong.," 4 Mar. 2021 Stop-and-frisk arrests regularly landed young Black and brown men in jail for minuscule amounts of weed. Mary Jane Gibson, Rolling Stone, "How Al Harrington Is Helping Build a Black-Owned Weed Industry," 12 Mar. 2021 Mars might be the red planet, but only a tiny, minuscule amount of it is actually red. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, "The Red Color Of Mars Is Only Millimeters Thick," 11 Mar. 2021 Cloudy eyeglass lenses are most commonly caused by accumulations of oil and dirt that go unaddressed over long periods of time, but they can also be caused by the formation of minuscule scratches from improper storage. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best glasses cleaners: Get spotless specs with our top picks," 8 Mar. 2021 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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19 Apr 2021

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“Minuscule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minuscule. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for minuscule

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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