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[min-ee-uh-cher-ist, min-uh-cher-] /ˈmɪn i ə tʃər ɪst, ˈmɪn ə tʃər-/
an artist whose specialty is small, discrete works.
a person who makes, collects, or specializes in miniature objects:
a miniaturist with a collection of dollhouses.
Origin of miniaturist
1850-55; miniature + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for miniaturist
Historical Examples
  • In the early days Fra Angelico must have been a miniaturist.

    Fra Angelico James Mason
  • He was brought up, as his father had been before him and as his son was after him, as a miniaturist.

    The Story of Verona Alethea Wiel
  • It followed that, when they attempted subjects on a really large scale, the faults of the miniaturist clung about them.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • Yet he was far from being a miniaturist,—he was, in fact, anything but that.

    Edward MacDowell Lawrence Gilman
  • The miniaturist of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries constantly relieved his groups of figures upon a diapered ground.

    Line and Form (1900) Walter Crane
  • The work of the miniaturist and the scribe grew more and more delicate and exquisite in form, colour, and invention.

    The Bases of Design Walter Crane
  • Beginning as a miniaturist, he finally attained a high place among the Veronese artists of the first order.

    The Madonna in Art Estelle M. Hurll
  • There are also borders and other illuminations, which are probably the work of yet a fifth miniaturist.

  • Here scribe, illuminator, and miniaturist are all at their best, whether one and the same or different persons.

  • Before speaking of painters I must mention one miniaturist whose works were in demand in other countries, as well as in England.

British Dictionary definitions for miniaturist


a person who paints miniature portraits
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for miniaturist

"maker of miniatures," 1800, from miniature (n.) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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