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



BrE BrE//ˈmɪnətʃə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪnətʃər//
, also NAmE//ˈmɪnətʃʊr//
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[only before noun] very small; much smaller than usual miniature roses a rare breed of miniature horses It looks like a miniature version of James Bond's car. Some parents dress their children like miniature adults. They expect their children to behave like miniature adults. 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).
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