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 (mĭn′ē-ə-cho͝or′, -chər, mĭn′ə-)
a. A copy or model that represents or reproduces something in a greatly reduced size.
b. Something small of its class.
a. A small painting executed with great detail, often on a surface such as ivory or vellum.
b. A small portrait, picture, or decorative letter on an illuminated manuscript.
c. The art of painting miniatures.
Greatly reduced in size or scale. See Synonyms at small.

[Italian miniatura, illumination of manuscripts, small painting, from miniare, to illuminate, from Latin miniāre, to color red, from minium, cinnabar, red lead (often used to adulterate cinnabar), probably of pre-Roman Iberian origin (since the Romans obtained most of their cinnabar from Spain); akin to Minius, ancient Roman name of the Miño (Minho) River of Galicia and northern Portugal.]

min′i·a·tur′ist n.


(Art Terms) a person who paints miniature portraits


(ˈmɪn i ə tʃər ɪst, ˈmɪn ə tʃər-)

1. a painter of miniatures.
2. a person who makes or collects miniature objects.


1. Obsolete, an artist whose task it was to draw in red certain words or letters in manuscripts.
2. a painter of miniature pictures or portraits, as on china or ivory, characterized by fineness of detail.
See also: Art
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.miniaturist - someone who paints tiny pictures in great detailminiaturist - someone who paints tiny pictures in great detail
painter - an artist who paints


nMiniaturmaler(in) m(f)


[ˈmɪnɪtʃərɪst] nminiaturista m/f
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