painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts)
a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
being on a very small scale
"a miniature camera"
A small version of something; a model of reduced scale.
There was a miniature of a whaling ship in a glass bottle over the mantlepiece.
A small, highly detailed painting, a portrait miniature.
The art of painting such highly detailed miniature works.
An illustration in an illuminated manuscript.
A musical composition which is short in duration.
Sacha composed a miniature for strings as a final project at the conservatory.
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.
Smaller than normal.
I find miniature dogs annoying; they seem to yap more than full-size dogs.
Origin: From the miniatura (manuscript illumination), from miniare (to illuminate), from the miniāre (to colour red), from minium (red lead).
originally, a painting in colors such as those in mediaeval manuscripts; in modern times, any very small painting, especially a portrait
greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale
lettering in red; rubric distinction
a particular feature or trait
being on a small; much reduced from the reality; as, a miniature copy
to represent or depict in a small compass, or on a small scale
Origin: [It. miniatura, fr. L. miniare. See Miniate, v.,Minium.]
The word miniature, derived from the Latin minium, red lead, is a picture in an ancient or medieval illuminated manuscript; the simple decoration of the early codices having been miniated or delineated with that pigment. The generally small scale of the medieval pictures has led secondly to an etymological confusion of the term with minuteness and to its application to small paintings especially portrait miniatures, which did however grow from the same tradition and at least initially use similar techniques. Apart from the Western and Byzantine traditions, there is another group of Asian traditions, which is generally more illustrative in nature, and from origins in manuscript book decoration also developed into single-sheet small paintings to be kept in albums, which are also called miniatures, as the Western equivalents in watercolor and other mediums are not. These include Persian miniatures, and their Mughal, Ottoman and other Indian offshoots.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
min′i-a-tūr, or min′i-tūr, n. a painting on a very small scale, on ivory, vellum, or thick paper: a small or reduced copy of anything.—adj. on a small scale: minute.—v.t. to represent on a small scale.—n. Min′iaturist, one who paints miniatures. [It. miniatura—miniare, to write with red lead—L. minium, vermilion.]
Etymology and Origins
So called because this early species of hand-painted portraiture originated in the head of the Madonna or of a saint that formed the initial letter of the beautifully illuminated rubrics produced by the monks styled the “Miniatori,” because their paints were made out of minium, or red lead.
The numerical value of miniature in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of miniature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of miniature in a Sentence
Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig, then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.
Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig, and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.
[ The concert was prominently advertised as ] ‘ Donald Trump Presents ’ … ‘ The Rolling Stones ’ [ was written ] in miniature.
We would like to get funding to make this technology more portable using miniature mass spectrometers. We are also working on a quantitative method.
No one and nothing outside of you can give you salvation, or free you from the misery. You have to light your own lamp. You have to know the miniature universe that you yourself are.
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