The definition of a microcosm is a small subset of a whole that is generally considered to be representative of the whole.(noun)
An example of a microcosm is a small sect of the population which is surveyed in order to get an idea of the opinions of the general population.
See microcosm in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME microcosme < ML microcosmus < LGr mikros kosmos, little world: see micro- & cosmos
See microcosm in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English microcosme, man as a little world
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Late Latin mīcrocosmus
Origin: , from Greek mīkros kosmos
Origin: : mīkros, small
Origin: + kosmos, world, order.
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