miniature

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In the back of Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait a miniature reflection of the scene is painted, and, surrounding it, even smaller miniatures of Christ

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmɪnətʃə(ɹ)/, /ˈmɪnɪətʃə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɪniətʃəɹ/, /ˈmɪnətʃəɹ/, /ˈmɪn(i)ətʃʊəɹ/

Noun[edit]

miniature ‎(plural miniatures)

  1. Greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale.
  2. 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.
  3. A small, highly detailed painting, a portrait miniature.
  4. The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.
  5. An illustration in an illuminated manuscript.
  6. A musical composition which is short in duration.
    Sacha composed a miniature for strings as a final project at the conservatory.
  7. (role-playing games, board games) 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.
  8. Lettering in red; rubric distinction.
  9. A particular feature or trait.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Massinger to this entry?)

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Adjective[edit]

miniature ‎(comparative more miniature, superlative most miniature)

  1. Smaller than normal.
    • 2013 September 6, Alok Jha, “Miniature brains grown in lab”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 13, page 39:
      Scientists have grown miniature human brains in test tubes, creating a "tool" that will allow them to watch how the organs develop in the womb and, they hope, increase their understanding of neurological and mental problems. ¶ Just a few millimetres across, the "cerebral organoids" are built up of layers of brain cells with defined regions that resemble those seen in immature, embryonic brains.
    I find miniature dogs annoying; they seem to yap more than full-size dogs.

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Verb[edit]

miniature ‎(third-person singular simple present miniatures, present participle miniaturing, simple past and past participle miniatured)

  1. (transitive) To make smaller than normal; to reproduce in miniature.

French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:

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Noun[edit]

miniature f ‎(plural miniatures)

  1. miniature

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

miniature f

  1. plural of miniatura

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