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Etymology[]

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

File:The Arnolfini Portrait, détail (2).jpg

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

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Noun[]

Singular
Miniature

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Miniature ({{{1}}})

  1. 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.
  2. A small, highly detailed painting, a portrait miniature.
  3. The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.
  4. An illustration in an illuminated manuscript.
  5. A musical composition which is short in duration.
    Sacha composed a miniature for strings as a final project at the conservatory.
  6. (gaming) A token in a game representing a unit or character.
    Jack had dozens of miniatures of Napoleanic footsoldiers painted in detailed period regalia for his wargames.

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Adjective[]

Miniature (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
Miniature

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Smaller than normal.
    I find miniature dogs annoying; they seem to yap more than full-size dogs.

Derived terms[]

  • miniature poodle
  • miniaturism

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Italian[]

Noun[]

miniature f.

  1. Plural form of miniatura.

Anagrams[]

  • aeiimnrtu,
  • minuteria
  • ruminiate

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