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Borrowed from Italian miniatura (“manuscript illumination”), from miniare (“to illuminate”), from Latin miniō (“to colour red”), from minium (“red lead”).
miniature (plural miniatures)
- Greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale.
- 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.
- A small, highly detailed painting, a portrait miniature.
- 1886 October – 1887 January, H[enry] Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., published 1887, →OCLC:
- The miniature was a picture of Leo's Greek mother - a lovely, dark-eyed creature.
- The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.
- An illustration in an illuminated manuscript.
- A musical composition which is short in duration.
- Sacha composed a miniature for strings as a final project at the conservatory.
- (chess) A chess game which is concluded with very few moves.
- (roleplaying 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.
- Lettering in red; rubric distinction.
- A particular feature or trait.
- 1627, Massinger, Philip, “The Great Duke of Florence”, in Gifford, William, editor, The Plays of Philip Massinger, Act 5, Scene 3, published 1845, page 221:
- There's no miniature / In her fair face, but is a copious theme / Which would, discoursed at large of, make a volume.
a model of reduced scale
a musical composition which is short in duration
a token in a game representing a unit or character
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miniature (comparative more miniature, superlative most miniature)
- 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.
smaller than normal
miniature (third-person singular simple present miniatures, present participle miniaturing, simple past and past participle miniatured)
- (transitive) To make smaller than normal; to reproduce in miniature.
Borrowed from Italian miniatura.
miniature f (plural miniatures)
- “miniature”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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