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 ).

by shortening of miniature, minimal, or minimum Unabridged
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combining form
smaller or shorter than the standard size: minibus; miniskirt
[C20: from miniature and minimum]

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mini- pref.
Small; miniature: minilaparotomy.

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