• A unit of time equal to sixty seconds (one-sixtieth of an hour).
  • A short but unspecified time period.
  • A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree.
  • A (usually formal) written record of a meeting or a part of a meeting.
  • A unit of purchase on a telephone or other similar network, especially a cell phone network, roughly equivalent in gross form to sixty seconds' use of the network.
  • A point in time; a moment.
  • A nautical or a geographic mile.
  • An old coin, a half farthing.
  • A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a whit.
  • A fixed part of a module.
  • A while or a long unspecified period of time


  • Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
  • To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.



  • From Middle English mynute, minute, mynet, from Old French minute, from Medieval Latin minūta ("60th of an hour; note"). menu.
  • Borrowed from Latin minūtus ("small", "petty"), perfect passive participle of minuō.

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