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Definition of diminutive noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a word or an ending of a word that shows that someone or something is small, for example piglet (= a young pig), kitchenette (= a small kitchen)
  2. 2a short, informal form of a word, especially a name “Nick” is a common diminutive of “Nicholas.”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: diminutive

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