Definition of miniver in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪnɪvə


[mass noun]
  • Plain white fur used for lining or trimming clothes: the doctor’s miniver-trimmed hat
    More example sentences
    • He had no light-weight mantle, only the green one trimmed with gold wire and lined with miniver.
    • A fifteenth-century observer described artist's brushes made of miniver fur mounted in quill handles.


Middle English: from Old French menu vair 'little vair', from menu 'little' + vair 'squirrel fur' (see vair).

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