variant of minuscule Usage: The adjective minuscule is etymologically related to minus, but associations with mini- have produced the spelling variant miniscule. This variant dates to the end of the 19th century, and it now occurs commonly in published writing, but it continues to be widely regarded as an error.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • miniscule — is fast establishing itself as an adjective in its own right with the meaning ‘very small, minute’, although as a corruption (influenced by the prefix mini ) of minuscule it is regarded as non standard: • Riborg showed her a photograph album,… …   Modern English usage

  • miniscule — common misspelling of MINUSCULE (Cf. minuscule) …   Etymology dictionary

  • miniscule — / minuscule [adj] tiny, very small diminutive, dwarf, infinitesimal, itsy bitsy, Lilliputian, little, meager, microscopic, mini*, miniature, minute, pint sized*, puny*, short, slight, small scale, stunted, teensy*, teeny, trivial, undersized,… …   New thesaurus

  • miniscule — [min′i skyo͞ol΄] adj. disputed var. of MINUSCULE …   English World dictionary

  • miniscule — adjective extremely small: a minuscule amount | Her office is miniscule …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • miniscule — /min euh skyoohl /, adj. minuscule. Usage. See minuscule. * * * …   Universalium

  • miniscule — adjective spelling|minuscule …   Wiktionary

  • miniscule — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. tiny, small, wee, minute, microscopic, micro, mini, miniature, little, trifling, trivial, insignificant, pint sized, infinitesimal. ANT.: gargantuan, gigantic II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective See minuscule …   English dictionary for students

  • Miniscule —    A Greek script, originating from cursive writing, used to copy manuscripts from the ninth century onward. Its developed form did not separate words and used abbreviations, which allowed more words on a single page, and which essentially made… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • miniscule — adj. tiny, very small …   English contemporary dictionary