miniature

[ min-ee-uh-cher, -choor, min-uh-cher ]SEE DEFINITION OF miniature
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MINIATURE

Can our sweet Sylph be going to heaven, to seek the original of the miniature?

She took a miniature from his neck, and I drew his purse and watch from him and handed them to her.

Lucy Ann did her miniature cooking with great seriousness and care.

I declined the tray; so he placed it on his own knees, to act as a miniature table.

He was caught in the miniature rapid at the bottom of the pool.

This miniature has given you some faint idea of his image, and yet this is only the copy of a copy.

He destined this miniature for the Emperor of China or the Sultan.

Carrie had loosened her dress, and as she did so, a miniature fell upon the bed.

Murgatroyd popped his head out of his miniature sleeping-cabin.

Crossing his legs—his feet were like miniature trunks—he added, "How are you, anyway?"

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "a reduced image," from Italian miniatura "manuscript illumination or small picture," from past participle of miniare "to illuminate a manuscript," from Latin miniare "to paint red," from minium "red lead," used in ancient times to make red ink, a word said to be of Iberian origin. Sense development is because pictures in medieval manuscripts were small, but no doubt there was influence as well from the similar-sounding Latin words that express smallness: minor, minimus, minutus, etc.

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