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miniature (n.)

1580s, "a reduced image, anything represented on a greatly reduced scale," especially a painting of very small dimensions, from Italian miniatura "manuscript illumination or small picture," from past participle of miniare "to illuminate a manuscript," from Latin miniare "to paint red," from minium "red lead," used in ancient times to make red ink, a word said to be of Iberian origin. Sense development is because pictures in medieval manuscripts were small, but no doubt there was influence as well from the similar-sounding Latin words that express smallness: minor, minimus, minutus, etc.

miniature (adj.)

"on a small scale, much reduced from natural size," 1714, from miniature (n.). Of dog breeds, from 1889. Of golf played on a miniature course, from 1893.

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Definitions of miniature from WordNet
1
miniature (n.)
painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts);
Synonyms: illumination
miniature (n.)
a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size;
Synonyms: toy
2
miniature (adj.)
being on a very small scale;
a miniature camera
From wordnet.princeton.edu