• (British) IPA: /ˈmɪn(ɪ)ətʃə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈmɪn(i)ətʃəɹ/, /ˈmɪn(i)ətʃʊəɹ/

miniature (plural miniatures)

  1. Greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale.
  2. A small version of something; a model of reduced scale.
    There was a miniature of a whaling ship in a glass bottle over the mantlepiece.
  3. A small, highly detailed painting, a portrait miniature.
  4. The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.
  5. An illustration in an illuminated manuscript.
  6. A musical composition which is short in duration.
    Sacha composed a miniature for strings as a final project at the conservatory.
  7. A chess game which is concluded with very few moves.
  8. (RPG, board games) A token in a game representing a unit or character.
    Jack had dozens of miniatures of Napoleonic footsoldiers painted in detailed period regalia for his wargames.
  9. Lettering in red; rubric distinction.
  10. A particular feature or trait.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: миниатю́ра
Translations Adjective


  1. Smaller than normal.
    I find miniature dogs annoying; they seem to yap more than full-size dogs.
  • Russian: миниатю́рный

miniature (miniatures, present participle miniaturing; past and past participle miniatured)

  1. (transitive) To make smaller than normal; to reproduce in miniature.

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