diminutive


adjective

  1. small; little; tiny: a diminutive building for a model-train layout.
  2. Grammar. pertaining to or productive of a form denoting smallness, familiarity, affection, or triviality, as the suffix -let, in droplet from drop.

noun

  1. a small thing or person.
  2. Grammar. a diminutive element or formation.
  3. Heraldry. a charge, as an ordinary, smaller in length or breadth than the usual.

adjective

  1. very small; tiny
  2. grammar
    1. denoting an affix added to a word to convey the meaning small or unimportant or to express affection, as for example the suffix -ette in French
    2. denoting a word formed by the addition of a diminutive affix

noun

  1. grammar a diminutive word or affix
  2. a tiny person or thing

late 14c. (noun and adjective), from Old French diminutif (14c.), from Latin diminutivus, earlier deminutivus, from past participle stem of deminuere (see diminish).

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