Definition of minimal pair noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


minimal pair

BrE BrE//ˌmɪnɪməl ˈpeə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪnɪməl ˈper//
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a pair of words, sounds, etc. which are distinguished from each other by only one feature, for example pin and bin
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: minimal pair