Miniature definition

mĭnē-ə-cho͝or, -chər, mĭnə-
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Greatly reduced in size or scale.
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A small painting or illuminated letter, as in a medieval manuscript.
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A copy or model on a very small scale.
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On or done on a very small scale; diminutive; minute.
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Miniature is defined as much smaller in scale or size.

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.

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The definition of a miniature is a copy of something that is much smaller than the original.

An example of a miniature is a tiny silver replica of a horse.

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A copy or model that represents or reproduces something in a greatly reduced size.
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Something small of its class.
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A small painting executed with great detail, often on a surface such as ivory or vellum.
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A small portrait, picture, or decorative letter on an illuminated manuscript.
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The art of painting miniatures.
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A breed of animal or plant much smaller than the ordinary or traditional type.
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A very small painting, esp. a portrait, done on ivory, vellum, etc.
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The art of making such paintings.
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Greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale.
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A small version of something; a model of reduced scale.

There was a miniature of a whaling ship in a glass bottle over the mantlepiece.

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A small, highly detailed painting, a portrait miniature.
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The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.
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An illustration in an illuminated manuscript.
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Sacha composed a miniature for strings as a final project at the conservatory.

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(gaming) A token in a game representing a unit or character.

Jack had dozens of miniatures of Napoleonic footsoldiers painted in detailed period regalia for his wargames.

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Lettering in red; rubric distinction.
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A particular feature or trait.

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I find miniature dogs annoying; they seem to yap more than full-size dogs.

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in miniature
  • on a small scale; greatly reduced
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
miniature
Plural:
miniatures

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of miniature

  • Italian miniatura illumination of manuscripts, small painting from miniare to illuminate from Latin miniāre to color red from minium red lead

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Italian miniatura (manuscript illumination), from miniare (to illuminate), from the Latin miniāre (to colour red), from minium (red lead).

    From Wiktionary