Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something that is distinctively smaller than other members of its type or class.
  • noun A miniskirt.

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  • noun A miniskirt.
  • noun dated A minicomputer.

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  • adjective used of women's clothing; very short with hemline above the knee
  • noun a very short skirt

Etymologies

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

[From mini–. Sense 2, short for miniskirt.]

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The prefix mini- (from Latin) used as a noun.

Examples

  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI scans have led to another confusing use of the term mini-stroke.

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  • The term mini greenhouse can refer to several styles of greenhouse:

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  • The ECB president asked for the term to be repeated, and then, with raised eyebrows, muttered the word "mini" in a tone of voice suggesting a technical default would be anything but.

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  • The ECB president asked for the term to be repeated, and then, with raised eyebrows, muttered the word "mini" in a tone of voice suggesting a technical default would be anything but.

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  • He has four TVs—including a 46-inch Internet TV and a 37-inch screen in what he called a "mini man cave"—but still prefers a transistor radio and his pair of half-broken headphones.

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  • I am not always in touch with my emotions and sometimes I only know that I am upset when I am halfway through what I call a mini-binge.

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  • We have a Monday night service, and on Tuesday nights I go to what we call mini-church - a small group, essentially, just a few people who get together and talk about life and study the Bible together.

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  • We have a Monday night service, and on Tuesday nights I go to what we call mini-church - a small group, essentially, just a few people who get together and talk about life and study the Bible together.

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  • A few weeks back, I posted what I called a mini-rant after watching Sky business editor Michael Wilson on air and then was directed to go to the Sky News site to respond on their blog.

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  • She was in labor with me for 11 hours, so I hope that your mini is a bit more cooperative than I was and that your pain can be minimized!

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