- A minor detail, often of negligible importance.
- They spent all their time on minutiae, never making real progress.
1768, Mr. Yorick [pseudonym; Laurence Sterne], A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, volume I, 2nd edition, London: T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, published 1768, page 159:
- I think I can ſee the preciſe and diſtinguiſhing marks of national characters more in theſe nonſenſical minutiæ, than in the moſt important matters of ſtate ; where great men of all nations talk and ſtalk ſo much alike, that I would not give ninepence to chuſe amongſt them.
- (biometrics, forensics) Any of the major features of a fingerprint that allow prints to be compared.
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Derived from minūtus (“diminished”).