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



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪnətʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnətʃər//
    , also NAmE//ˈmɪnətʃʊr//
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  1. 1a very small detailed painting, often of a person
  2. 2a very small copy or model of something; a very small version of something brandy miniatures (= very small bottles)
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Italian miniatura, via medieval Latin from Latin miniare ‘illuminate’, from minium ‘red lead, vermilion’ (used to mark particular words in manuscripts).Idioms on a very small scale a doll’s house with everything in miniature Through play, children act out in miniature the dramas of adult life.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: miniature