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Etymology 1

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From Middle English mynute, minute, mynet, from Old French minute, from Medieval Latin minūta (60th of an hour; note). Doublet of menu and menudo.

Pronunciation

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  • enPR: mĭn'ĭt, IPA(key): /ˈmɪnɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪnɪt

Noun

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minute (plural minutes)

  1. A unit of time which is one sixtieth of an hour (sixty seconds).
    You have twenty minutes to complete the test.
  2. (informal) A short but unspecified time period.
    Wait a minute, I’m not ready yet!
    Synonyms: instant, jiffy, mo, moment, sec, second, tic
  3. A unit of angle equal to one-sixtieth of a degree.
    We need to be sure these maps are accurate to within one minute of arc.
    Synonyms: minute of arc, sexagesm
  4. (chiefly in the plural, minutes) A (usually formal) written record of a meeting or a part of a meeting.
    Let’s look at the minutes of last week’s meeting.
    • 2008, Pink Dandelion, The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction, page 52:
      The Clerk or 'recording Clerk' drafts a minute and then, or at a later time, reads it to the Meeting. Subsequent contributions are on the wording of the minute only, until it can be accepted by the Meeting. Once the minute is accepted, the Meeting moves on to the next item on the agenda.
  5. A unit of purchase on a telephone or other similar network, especially a cell phone network, roughly equivalent in gross form to sixty seconds' use of the network.
    If you buy this model, you’ll get 100 free minutes.
  6. A point in time; a moment.
    • 1675, John Dryden, Aureng-zebe:
      Tell her, that I some Certainty may bring; / I go this minute to attend the king.
  7. A nautical or a geographic mile.
  8. An old coin, a half farthing.
  9. (obsolete) A very small part of anything, or anything very small; a jot; a whit.
    • 1660, Jeremy Taylor, “Of the Probable or Thinking Conscience.”, in Ductor Dubitantium, or, The Rule of Conscience in all her Generall Measures Serving as a Great Instrument for the Determination of Cases of Conscience[1], volume 1:
      [] according to the Prophecies of him, which were so clear and descended to minutes and circumstances of his passion
  10. (architecture) A fixed part of a module.
  11. (slang, US, Canada, dialectal) A while or a long unspecified period of time
    Oh, I ain't heard that song in a minute!
    • 2010, Kenneth Ring, Letters from Palestine, page 18:
      “Man, I haven’t seen you in a minute,” he says, smiling still. “Maybe like two, three years ago?”
    • 2010 June 10, Lil B, Complex.com[2]:
      I seen Too$hort up there. Me and $hort ain't talked in a minute.
    • 2016 November 8, Ben Katai, Josh Corbin, Sharon Lennon, directed by Ben Katai, StartUp(Recapitalization) (StartUp (TV series))‎[3], season 1, episode 10 (TV), spoken by Ronald Dacey (Edi Gathegi):
      RON:I remember my first. I was a minute younger than you. [] I remember thinking, saying to myself..."This is the first time I'm eating as a person who killed someone."
Derived terms
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Descendants
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  • Tok Pisin: minit

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Verb

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minute (third-person singular simple present minutes, present participle minuting, simple past and past participle minuted)

  1. (transitive) Of an event, to write in a memo or the minutes of a meeting.
    I’ll minute this evening’s meeting.
    • 1870 [1855 June 27], Charles Dickens, “Administrative Reform”, in Speeches Literary and Social[4], page 133:
      I dare say there was a vast amount of minuting, memoranduming, and despatch-boxing, on this mighty subject.
    • 1995, Edmund Dell, The Schuman Plan and the British Abdication of Leadership in Europe[5]:
      On 17 November 1949 Jay minuted Cripps, arguing that trade liberalization on inessentials was socially regressive.
    • 1996, Peter Hinchliffe, The Other Battle[6]:
      The Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command, Sir Richard Peirse, was sceptical of its findings, minuting, ‘I don’t think at this rate we could have hoped to produce the damage which is known to have been achieved.’
    • 2003, David Roberts, Four Against the Arctic[7]:
      Mr. Klingstadt, chief Auditor of the Admiralty of that city, sent for and examined them very particularly concerning the events which had befallen them; minuting down their answers in writing, with an intention of publishing himself an account of their extraordinary adventures.
  2. To set down a short sketch or note of; to jot down; to make a minute or a brief summary of.
    • 1876 [1834], George Bancroft, History of the United States from the discovery of the American continent[8], volume VI, pages 28–29:
      The Empress of Russia, with her own hand, minuted an edict for universal tolerance.
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Etymology 2

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Borrowed from Latin minūtus (small", "petty), perfect passive participle of minuō (make smaller).

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Adjective

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minute (comparative minuter, superlative minutest)

  1. Very small.
    Synonyms: infinitesimal, insignificant, minuscule, tiny, trace; see also Thesaurus:tiny
    Antonyms: big, enormous, colossal, huge, significant, tremendous, vast
    They found only minute quantities of chemical residue on his clothing.
  2. Very careful and exact, giving small details.
    Synonyms: exact, exacting, excruciating, precise, scrupulous; see also Thesaurus:meticulous
    The lawyer gave the witness a minute examination.
    • 2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, in American Scientist:
      The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
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Afrikaans

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Noun

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minute

  1. plural of minuut

Esperanto

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Etymology

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From minuto +‎ -e.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): [miˈnute]
  • Rhymes: -ute
  • Hyphenation: mi‧nu‧te

Adverb

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minute

  1. Lasting for a very short period; briefly, momentarily
    • 1929, L. L. Zamenhof, edited by Johannes Dietterle, Originala Verkaro [Original Oeuvre]:
      [...] kaj de nun ni pri ĉiuj minute kreskantaj projektoj absolute silentados.
      and from now on we will be completely silent about all the briefly growing projects.

French

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Etymology

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Inherited from Old French minute, borrowed from Latin minūta. Compare menu, an inherited doublet.

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Noun

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minute f (plural minutes)

  1. minute (etymology 1, time unit, all same senses)

Derived terms

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Descendants

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Interjection

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minute

  1. wait a sec!

Verb

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minute

  1. inflection of minuter:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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Italian

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /miˈnu.te/
  • Rhymes: -ute
  • Hyphenation: mi‧nù‧te

Adjective

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minute

  1. feminine plural of minuto

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Latin

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Participle

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minūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of minūtus

References

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  • "minute", in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • "minute", in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • minute in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.

Middle English

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Noun

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minute

  1. Alternative form of mynute

Old French

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Medieval Latin minūta.

Noun

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minute oblique singularf (oblique plural minutes, nominative singular minute, nominative plural minutes)

  1. minute (one sixtieth of an hour)
    Coordinate terms: segont, eure, jor, semaine, an

Descendants

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Portuguese

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Pronunciation

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  • Hyphenation: mi‧nu‧te

Verb

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minute

  1. inflection of minutar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

Romanian

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Noun

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minute

  1. plural of minut