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



BrE BrE//ˈmaɪkrəʊkɒzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪkroʊkɑːzəm//
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  • a thing, a place or a group that has all the features and qualities of something much larger The family is a microcosm of society. compare macrocosm
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French microcosme or medieval Latin microcosmus, from Greek mikros kosmos ‘little world’.Idioms on a small scale The developments in this town represent in microcosm what is happening in the country as a whole.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: microcosm