super miniature


[min-ee-uh-cher, -choor, min-uh-cher]
a representation or image of something on a small or reduced scale.
a greatly reduced or abridged form or copy.
a very small painting, especially a portrait, on ivory, vellum, or the like.
the art of executing such a painting.
an illumination in an illuminated manuscript or book.
being, on, or represented on a small scale; reduced.
in miniature, in a reduced size; on a small scale: The zoo exhibition offered a jungle in miniature.

1580–90; < Italian miniatura miniature painting < Medieval Latin miniātūra, equivalent to miniāt(us) (see miniate) + -ūra -ure; sense development perhaps influenced by Latin base min- (see mini-, minor)

superminiature, adjective

6. minute, microscopic, diminutive, tiny, minuscule. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To super miniature
World English Dictionary
miniature (ˈmɪnɪtʃə)
1.  a model, copy, or similar representation on a very small scale
2.  anything that is very small of its kind
3.  a very small painting, esp a portrait, showing fine detail on ivory or vellum
4.  a very small bottle of whisky or other spirits, which can hold 50 millilitres
5.  an illuminated letter or other decoration in a manuscript
6.  in miniature on a small scale: games are real life in miniature
7.  greatly reduced in size
8.  on a small scale; minute
[C16: from Italian, from Medieval Latin miniātūra, from miniāre to paint red, (in illuminating manuscripts); from minium]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1586 (n.) "a reduced image," from It. miniatura "manuscript illumination or small picture," from pp. of miniare "to illuminate a manuscript," from L. miniare "to paint red," from minium "red lead," used in ancient times to make red ink. Extended sense of "small" (adj.) is first attested 1714, because
pictures in medieval manuscripts were small, infl. by L. min-, root expressing smallness (minor, minimus, minutus, etc.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature