The definition of a miniature is a copy of something that is much smaller than the original.(noun)
An example of a miniature is a tiny silver replica of a horse.
Miniature is defined as much smaller in scale or size.(adjective)
An example of miniature used as an adjective is the phrase "miniature golf" which means a golf course that is much smaller than a regular one.
See miniature in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: It miniatura, rubrication, illumination of manuscripts < ML < pp. of L miniare, to paint red < minium, red lead (see minium): sense infl. by L minutus, minute
See miniature in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Italian miniatura, illumination of manuscripts, small painting
Origin: , from miniare, to illuminate
Origin: , from Latin miniāre, to color red
Origin: , from minium, red lead.
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