- (historical) The concept that a human being is an epitome of the world.
- A community regarded as a miniature or epitome of the world.
- Anything regarded as epitomizing, encapsulating, or representing in miniature.
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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of microcosm
- Middle English microcosme man as a little world from Old French from Late Latin mīcrocosmus from Greek mīkros kosmos mīkros small kosmos world, order
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition