• Greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale.
  • A small version of something; a model of reduced scale.
  • A small, highly detailed painting, a portrait miniature.
  • The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.
  • An illustration in an illuminated manuscript.
  • A musical composition which is short in duration.
  • A chess game which is concluded with very few moves.
  • A token in a game representing a unit or character.
  • Lettering in red; rubric distinction.
  • A particular feature or trait.



  • To make smaller than normal; to reproduce in miniature.


  • Borrowed from Italian miniatura ("manuscript illumination"), from miniare, from Latin miniƍ, from minium.

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