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minette (plural minettes)

  1. (dated) The smallest of regular sizes of portrait photographs.
    • 1893, Columbian Exposition Dedication Ceremonies Memorial
      The title page bears a minette portrait of the Duke being crowned by the hand of an ideal figure of Chicago, and below are the coat-of-arms and motto of the Duke's house.
    • 1981, Lou W. McCulloch, Card Photographs: A Guide to Their History and Value (page 161)
      [] there were hundreds of other sizes of photographic prints ranging from a minette novelty to mammoth views.
  2. (mineralogy) A mineral deposit consisting of iron ore of sedimentary origin, found in the south of Luxembourg and in Lorraine.
    • 1977, Navajo Kimberlites and Minettes
      The minettes of Buell Mountain are felsic, and many contain ground-mass quartz.



feminine equivalent of minet.


  • IPA(key): /mi.nɛt/
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minette f (plural minettes)

  1. (female) kitten
  2. (female) puss, pussycat
  3. (colloquial) cool chick, very young girl
    • 1995, Jean-Claude Izzo, Total Khéops:
      Malgré ses quarante ans, elle pouvait sans honte s'aligner devant des flopées de minettes.
  4. (slang) muff diving, cunnilingus
  5. Kind of iron mineral.



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