Definition of miniature in English:

miniature

Syllabification: min·i·a·ture
Pronunciation: /ˈmin(ē)əCHər
 
, ˈmin(ē)əˌCHo͝or
 
/

adjective

[attributive]
(Especially of a replica of something) of a much smaller size than normal; very small: children dressed as miniature adults
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  • 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.
Synonyms

noun

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1A thing that is much smaller than normal, especially a small replica or model.
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  • 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 plant or animal that is a smaller version of an existing variety or breed.
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  • 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.
1.2A very small and highly detailed portrait or other painting.
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  • 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.
1.3A picture or decorated letter in an illuminated manuscript.
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  • 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.

verb

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Represent on a smaller scale; reduce to miniature dimensions.
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  • 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.

Origin

early 18th century: from Italian miniatura, via medieval Latin from Latin miniare 'rubricate, illuminate', from minium 'red lead, vermilion' (used to mark particular words in manuscripts).

Phrases

in miniature

On a small scale, but otherwise a replica: a place that is Greece in miniature
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  • 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.

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