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 History of this Word

"mini" is from "miniature"
which is from "minium" (red lead - used for small pictures in manuscripts) spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"mini-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "small" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

mini- illustration Until recently teachers driving minibuses were classed as volunteers.
mini- illustration The trend for electronic devices to become smaller has led to an increased interest in the problems associated with the miniaturisation of mechanical objects.