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Dictionary Definition

miniature adj : being on a very small scale; "a miniature camera"


1 painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts) [syn: illumination]
2 copy that reproduces something in greatly reduced size [syn: toy]

User Contributed Dictionary



From the miniatura (manuscript illumination), from miniare (to illuminate), from the miniāre (to colour red), from minium (red lead).


  1. Smaller than normal.
    I find miniature dogs annoying; they seem to yap more than full-size dogs.''



  1. A musical composition which is short in duration.
    Sacha composed a miniature for strings as a final project at the conservatory.
  2. A small, highly detailed painting; a portrait miniature.
  3. The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.
  4. A model of reduced scale.
    There was a miniature of a whaling ship in a glass bottle over the mantlepiece.
  5. In the context of "gaming": A token in a game representing a unit or character.
    Jack had dozens of miniatures of Napoleanic footsoldiers painted in detailed period regalia for his wargames.


a musical composition which is short in duration
a model of reduced scale
a token in a game representing a unit or character

Derived terms



  1. Plural of miniatura

Extensive Definition

A miniature is a small-scale reproduction, or a small variation.
In certain contexts, miniature may mean:
miniature in Danish: Miniature
miniature in German: Miniatur
miniature in Hebrew: מיניאטורה
miniature in Italian: Miniatura (disambigua)
miniature in Japanese: ミニチュア
miniature in Dutch: Miniatuur
miniature in Swedish: Miniatyr
miniature in Turkish: Minyatür

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