[min-ee-uh-cher, -choo r, min-uh-cher] /ˈmɪn i ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər, ˈmɪn ə tʃər/
a representation or image of something on a small or reduced scale.
a greatly reduced or abridged form or copy.
a very small painting, especially a portrait, on ivory, vellum, or the like.
the art of executing such a painting.
an illumination in an illuminated manuscript or book.
being, on, or represented on a small scale; reduced.
in miniature, in a reduced size; on a small scale:
The zoo exhibition offered a jungle in miniature.
a model, copy, or similar representation on a very small scale
anything that is very small of its kind
a very small painting, esp a portrait, showing fine detail on ivory or vellum
a very small bottle of whisky or other spirits, which can hold 50 millilitres
an illuminated letter or other decoration in a manuscript
in miniature, on a small scale: games are real life in miniature
greatly reduced in size
on a small scale; minute
1580s, “a reduced image,” from Italian miniatura “manuscript illumination or small picture,” from past participle of miniare “to illuminate a manuscript,” from Latin miniare “to paint red,” from minium “red lead,” used in ancient times to make red ink, a word said to be of Iberian origin. Sense development is because pictures in medieval manuscripts were small, but no doubt there was influence as well from the similar-sounding Latin words that express smallness: minor, minimus, minutus, etc.
“small,” 1714, from minature (n.). Of dog breeds, from 1889. Of golf, from 1893.
noun 1. one of an English breed of small muscular dogs resembling a smaller version of a standard bull terrier, with a short, flat, harsh coat of glossy white or white with brindle patches.
noun, Photography. 1. a small camera using film that is 35 millimeters wide or less. noun 1. a small camera using 35 millimetre film
noun 1. a game or amusement modeled on golf and played with a putter and golf ball, in which each very short, grassless “hole” constitutes an obstacle course, consisting of wooden alleys, tunnels, bridges, etc., through which the ball must be driven to hole it.
noun 1. photography with a camera using film that is 35 millimeters wide or less.