Definition of diminutive noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈmɪnjətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɪnjətɪv//
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  1. 1a word or an ending of a word that shows that somebody/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’.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a grammatical term): from Old French diminutif, -ive, from late Latin diminutivus, from Latin deminut- ‘diminished’, from the verb deminuere, from minuere ‘make small’.
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