from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, moderate, or token amount: "England still expects a modicum of eccentricity in its artists” ( Ian Jack).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small, modest or trifling amount.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little; a small quantity; a measured supply.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small or moderate quantity; a scanty or meager allowance; a limited amount or degree.
- n. Any small thing; a diminutive person.
- n. Something eaten to provoke thirst.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small or moderate or token amount
Middle English, from Latin, from neuter of modicus, moderate, from modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin modicum ("a little"). (Wiktionary)