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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Italian
Origin: miniatura 'art of drawing small pictures in a book', from Latin miniare 'to color with minium', from minium 'red substance used for coloring pictures in old books'; influenced by minute and minimum

miniature

2 noun
     
Related topics: Painting and Drawing
miniature2
1

in miniature

exactly like something or someone but much smaller:
She's her mother in miniature.
2 [countable]AVP a very small painting, usually of a person
3 [countable] a very small bottle containing an alcoholic drink:
a miniature of whiskey

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