- Very small of its kind: children dressed as miniature adultsMore example sentences
small-scale, scaled-down, mini; tiny, little, small, minute, baby, toy, pocket, fun-size, midget, dwarf, pygmy, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, micro, diminutive, reduced, Lilliputian; Scottish wee; North American vest-pocket• informal teeny, teeny-weeny, teensy, teensy-weensy, weeny, itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, eensy, eensy-weensy, tiddly, pint-sized, bite-sizedBritish • informal titchyNorth American • informal little-bitty
- And out of that we're getting a hedge of miniature roses.
- Month-old ringtails look like miniature adults: the same black and white clown make-up and soft grey fur.
- Unfortunately, miniature roses have little or no fragrance.
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- 1A thing that is much smaller than normal, especially a small replica or model: seven full-size car bodies and three miniatures were usedMore example sentences
- Hazy, speculative figures wander through the evocative landscapes and buildings he creates using miniatures, models, televisions, glass and mirrors.
- Rufforth Airfield has been hosting the Yorkshire Air Spectacular, with flying model craft ranging in size from miniatures to monsters with a 25 ft wingspan.
- As miniatures of human bodies, dolls have had many meanings.
- 1.1A very small bottle of spirits: he drank miniatures of brandy on the flightMore example sentences
- Throughout the show, he finds constant excuses to swig Special Brew and bottles of scotch, even using spirits miniatures as puppets in a retelling of Goldilocks.
- Absinthe was also put up in so-called mignonettes, comparable to the one-drink miniatures from which spirits are dispensed on airplanes today.
- You've finished the last of the plonk in the wine rack, you've drunk the miniatures stolen from minibars and found at the bottom of your suitcase.
- 1.2A plant or animal that is a smaller version of an existing variety or breed: miniatures for your rock gardenMore example sentences
- He's bred miniatures as small as your thumbnail, and crossbred them to give large, ranging plants shape.
- A keen observer can also find around the same area a tiny plant, almost a miniature of the creeper Torenia travancorica.
- For miniatures used as landscape plants, use hedge shears to maintain size.
- 1.3A very small and highly detailed portrait or other painting: an exhibition of one hundred pastels and miniaturesMore example sentences
- Johnson also worked at three-quarter-length and occasionally full-length, as well as painting portrait miniatures in oil on copper.
- The new gallery of British portrait miniatures, including this depiction of Jane Small by Hans Holbein, opens on 2 March.
- During his work on portrait miniatures Reynolds turned to the Victorian paintings that had been given to the museum by John Sheepshanks in 1857 as a core collection of British art.
- 1.4A picture or decorated letter in an illuminated manuscript: a catalogue devoted to cut-out miniatures from despoiled manuscriptsMore example sentences
- His image has also survived in a few panel paintings, later copies of original portraits, and through representations of the duke and his court in the miniatures of illuminated manuscripts.
- It runs the gamut of art riches over the centuries, stretching to murals, miniatures and manuscripts.
- Numerous panels, often deliberately aged, and illuminated miniatures or historiated initials, usually on reused leaves from genuine medieval manuscripts, survive and frequently appear on the art market.
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- Represent on a smaller scale: she saw her own reflection miniaturedMore example sentences
- In exchange, he offered his own likeness - ‘a picture of the old gold hunter, so you may compare the doctor (as miniatured and sent to mother in '49) with the gold hunter of the present.’
- The ceiling here arches in this way that miniatures me, and the floor is long and grey.
- On a small scale: a place that is Greece in miniatureMore example sentences
- Initially needing to know the shape of the quickest hull, he modelled them in miniature, undoubtedly the first to experiment on a small scale.
- A street-scene is played in miniature in the small stage and as the tiny puppet turns its back to open a door, the full size character enters in the large upper playing space.
- Like the Bonsai trees in the classical gardens of Suzhou, it's China in miniature that captures the imagination, every bit as much as its grand monumental flourishes.
late 16th century: from Italian miniatura, via medieval Latin from Latin miniare 'rubricate, illuminate', from minium 'red lead, vermilion' (used to mark particular words in manuscripts).