Meaning of diminutive


Pronunciation: (di-min'yu-tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. small; little; tiny: a diminutive building for a model-train layout.
  2. pertaining to or productive of a form denoting smallness, familiarity, affection, or triviality, as the suffix -let, in droplet from drop.
  1. a small thing or person.
  2. a diminutive element or formation.
  3. a charge, as an ordinary, smaller in length or breadth than the usual.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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