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[mi-noo-shee-uh, -shuh, -nyoo-] /mɪˈnu ʃi ə, -ʃə, -ˈnyu-/
noun, plural minutiae
[mi-noo-shee-ee, -nyoo-] /mɪˈnu ʃiˌi, -ˈnyu-/ (Show IPA)
Usually, minutiae. precise details; small or trifling matters:
the minutiae of his craft.
Origin of minutia
1745-55; < Latin minūtia smallness, equivalent to minūt(us) minute2 + -ia -ia
Related forms
minutial, adjective
Can be confused
minimal, minimize, minimum, minuscule, minutia (see usage note at minuscule) Unabridged
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  • To call this minutiae seems an understatement.
  • There is no international consensus on the minutiae of diplomatic privilege.
  • In broad daylight, academics often try to ignore emotions and focus on minutiae.
  • Demographers pore over the minutiae of vital and social statistics to study human populations.
  • Also, comments are often about minutiae instead of being substantive.
  • His spirit arose above constitutional minutiae to the real greatness of the occasion, to the incomparable offerings of fate.
  • They were big-picture types--not middle-management bureaucrats lost in the minutiae.
  • Do your job, and do not get distracted by minutiae.
  • This when the minutiae and the profound of our lives gets discussed.
  • The texts are densely documented and footnoted, an approach that could have led to a dissection of minutiae.
British Dictionary definitions for minutiae


plural noun (sing) -tia (-ʃɪə)
small, precise, or trifling details
Word Origin
C18: pl of Late Latin minūtia smallness, from Latin minūtusminute²
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Word Origin and History for minutiae

1751, plural of Latin minutia "smallness" (see minutia); hence, in plural, "trifles."



1751, plural minutiae, from Latin minutia "smallness" (plural minutiae, in Late Latin "trifles"), from minutus "small" (see minute (adj.)).

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