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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small or trivial detail: "the minutiae of experimental and mathematical procedure” ( Frederick Turner).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A minor detail, often of negligible importance.
  • n. Any of the major features of a fingerprint that allow prints to be compared.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A minute particular; a small or minor detail; -- used chiefly in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small particular or detail; a minute or trivial matter of fact: generally in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small or minor detail

Etymologies

From Late Latin minūtiae, petty details, from Latin minūtia, smallness, from minūtus, small; see minute2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Latin minutia. (Wiktionary)

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