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diminutive
American English: /dəˈmɪnjədɪv/
British English: /dɪˈmɪnjʊtɪv/

Translation of diminutive in Spanish:

adjective

  • 1 (small)
    Example sentences
    • But while she is no softie and revels in a little rough-and-tumble now and again, her diminutive figure belies the true extent of her football potential.
    • His figure looked sadly diminutive in a gray T-shirt and faded blue jeans.
    • Sarah is a diminutive figure on stage, but when she sings her heavenly voice instantly makes her the centre of attention.
  • 2 (Linguistics)
    Example sentences
    • Ke is a diminutive suffix, conveying the sense of little in reference to the size of the dog.
    • Its features include simplified grammar, exaggerated speech melody, diminutive forms of words such as doggie, and a highly repetitive style.
    • But do not be put off by their diminutive name or even by some of the many examples that have absolutely no interest to you.

noun

  • (Linguistics)
    Example sentences
    • The word is a diminutive of inland navigator, referring to the men who built the canals that preceded the railways.
    • The name ‘baba’ is the colloquial Ukrainian word for woman or grandma, while ‘babka’ is a diminutive of the same word.
    • It is hardly surprising therefore that the Arabic word for ‘garden’ should be the diminutive of the word for ‘Paradise’.
    Example sentences
    • In 1928 he proclaimed himself King of Albania, taking the name Zog, a diminutive of his family's surname.
    • Children sometimes are called by diminutives of their names.
    • The rabbis rounded his name, added the diminutive.

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