from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A very small delicate creature.
- adjective Very small.
- adjective Trivial; petty.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A fine mincing lass.
- noun A pin of the smallest sort. Also called
- noun The second size of splints used in making matches.
- noun A small sort of gut-string formerly used in the lute and viol, and various other stringed instruments: it was properly the treble string of a lute or fiddle.
- Small; fine; delicate; dainty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Small; diminutive.
- noun obsolete A little darling; a favorite; a minion.
- noun obsolete A little pin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun obsolete A
youngperson, especially a young woman.
- noun obsolete A
smallor insignificantperson, thing or amount.
- adjective obsolete
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
They are mounted each year with grand ingenuity and minikin budgets.
It is a very small bag, containing a yet smaller rolled-up housewife furnished with minikin needles and fine thread.
The only room I could obtain, which contained a small bed, a minikin table, and two common chairs, cost me fifty francs a month, (about two pounds sterling), and I was considered fortunate in having such good lodgings.
The Jesuits have the Cure there, with a fine habitation and a mill; in digging the foundation of which last, a quarry of orbicular flat stones was found, about two inches in diameter, of the shape of a buffoon's cap, with six sides, whose groove was set with small buttons of the size of the head of a minikin or small pin.
Corking, minikin, and all description of pins, were obliged to be made in the regular way; and cows even departed this world without the honour of the human immolations formerly considered the necessary sacrifice for the loss of their inestimable lives.
Judy, talking the whole time, pulled all her treasures out in a heap, took a quick glance at them and went straight for the one she liked best -- a minikin black baby 2 in a wicker cradle.
Against such minikin blossoms a drop of dew looks the size of a gazing-crystal, and the ordinary lemon-yellow hawkbit towers above them like a sunflower.
It consists of a narrow strip of flowered silk, embroidered at the back, which measures four inches by one and a quarter, and is furnished with minikin needles and fine thread.
Adrian Le Roy's book, published in Paris about 1570, says the six strings were tuned as follows -- 1st (minikin), C in third space, treble staff; 2nd (small mean), G on second line; 3rd (great mean), D under the staff; 4th (counter-tenor), B flat over the bass staff; 5th
It may be said of it, as Thackery said of Gay's pastorals: "It is to poetry what charming little Dresden china figures are to sculpture, graceful, minikin, fantastic, with a certain beauty always accompanying them."