minutia
noun (plural minutiae) Etymology: Latin minutiae trifles, details, from plural of minutia smallness, from minutus Date: 1782 a minute or minor detail — usually used in plural

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  • minutia — (n.) 1751, plural minutiae, from L. minutia smallness (pl. minutiae, in Late Latin trifles ), from minutus small (see MINUTE (Cf. minute) (adj.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Minutia — Mi*nu ti*a, n.; pl. {Minuti[ae]} ( [=e]). [L., fr. minutus small, minute. See 4th {Minute}.] A minute particular; a small or minor detail; used chiefly in the plural. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • minutia — index particular Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • MINUTIA — I. MINUTIA Virgo Vestalis, quae, propter corporis elegantem cultum, in suspicionem venit libidinis, unde et servâ quâdam contra illam testimonium dicente, viva defossa est. Liv. l. 8. c. 15. II. MINUTIA porta quaedam Romae, dicta ab ara Minutii,… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • minutia — minutial, adj. /mi nooh shee euh, sheuh, nyooh /, n., pl. minutiae / shee ee /. Usually, minutiae. precise details; small or trifling matters: the minutiae of his craft. [1745 55; < L minutia smallness, equiv. to minut(us) MINUTE2 + ia IA] * * * …   Universalium

  • minutia — mi•nu•ti•a [[t]mɪˈnu ʃi ə, ʃə, ˈnyu [/t]] n. pl. ti•ae [[t] ʃiˌi[/t]] Usu., minutiae. precise details; small or trifling matters • Etymology: 1745–55; < L minūtia smallness =minūt(us) minute II+ ia ia mi•nu′ti•al, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • minutia — noun /maɪˈɲuː.ʃə/ A minor detail, often of negligible importance. They spent all their time on minutiae, never making real progress …   Wiktionary

  • minutia — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Something or things that are unimportant: fiddle faddle, frippery, frivolity, froth, nonsense, small change, small potatoes, trifle, trivia, triviality. See IMPORTANT, SURFACE …   English dictionary for students

  • minutia —  A detail; pl. minutiae. Note that the latter is pronounced min oo she, not min oo she ay. mirabile dictu. (Lat.) Wonderful to relate. Miricioiu, Nelly. (1952–) Romanian opera singer …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • minutia — mi·nu·ti·a || maɪ njuːʃɪə n. trivial details, insignificant matters (also minutiae) …   English contemporary dictionary

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