mini

[min-ee]
noun
2.
a minicomputer.
3.
anything of a small, reduced, or miniature size.
adjective
4.
of the length of a miniskirt.

Origin:
independent use of mini-, or by shortening of words with mini- as initial element

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mini-

a combining form with the meanings “of a small or reduced size in comparison with others of its kind” (minicalculator; minicar; minigun ); “limited in scope, intensity, or duration” (miniboom; minicourse; minirecession ); (of clothing) “short, not reaching the knee” (minidress; miniskirt ).

Origin:
by shortening of miniature, minimal, or minimum

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mini (ˈmɪnɪ)
 
adj
1.  (of a woman's dress, skirt, etc) very short; thigh-length
2.  (prenominal) small; miniature
 
n , minis
3.  something very small of its kind, esp a small car or a miniskirt

mini-
 
combining form
smaller or shorter than the standard size: minibus; miniskirt
 
[C20: from miniature and minimum]

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Word Origin & History

mini
1961, abbreviation of mini-car, a small car made by British Leyland (formerly British Motor Corp.). As an abbreviation of mini-skirt, it is attested from 1966. The vogue for mini- as a prefix dates from the 1960s.
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mini- pref.
Small; miniature: minilaparotomy.

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