Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
  2. (noun, artifact) painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts)
  3. (adj, all) being on a very small scale

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Synonyms of Miniature

illumination, toy

Alternate forms of Miniature

Derivations: miniaturise, miniaturist, miniaturize

Hypernyms: copy, painting, picture

Origin of the word Miniature

  1. 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.… more

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