Definition of minutiae in US English:


(also minutia)

plural noun

  • The small, precise, or trivial details of something.

    ‘the minutiae of everyday life’
    • ‘Some of the minutiae he examines would, in the hands of another author, make for somewhat dry reading.’
    • ‘Thanks to the Internet and its blog-happy pages, we see people obsessing, everyday, on the minutia that makes for the discovery of previously unheard of entities.’
    • ‘To be fair, I know a fair amount of minutiae about a lot of things, being a trivia magnet.’
    • ‘Yet it's clear he was steeped in political minutiae and imposed few limits on what he was willing to do to get the job done.’
    • ‘I apologize to any readers who spent valuable minutes reading limitless minutiae about my mundane existence.’
    • ‘But then you could spend decades of your life here without fully grasping the complex minutiae of the Malagasy existence.’
    • ‘For most of his career at the top of rugby he left the minutiae of coaching to others, and only began to tout his tactical influence when his team started winning.’
    • ‘Never before has there been so much of interest in the minutiae.’
    • ‘Frankly, I find the minutia of everyday life much more interesting than the glaring important life changing events that shape our lives.’
    • ‘More important to him are the minutiae of his footnotes, the precision of his research and the translations of documents.’
    • ‘Bick spends too much time on the minutiae of the ride itself and at times strains to be didactic, which is unnecessary with such a good story.’
    • ‘If anything, this is a lively book that doesn't bog the reader down in minutia, or gloss over important details.’
    • ‘Lots of it is just minutiae, but now and then there's something pretty big.’
    • ‘But he has difficulty letting go of interesting cultural minutiae and fails to keep the story moving along.’
    • ‘Six months in jail would certainly remind those handling the minutiae of our lives that what's private should stay that way.’
    • ‘Most of us have been too caught up in the everyday minutiae to be bothered.’
    • ‘In the unrelenting drizzle of budget minutiae about enterprise allowance credits and reliefs, here was a clean and simple New Idea.’
    • ‘He added it was only possible to iron out the minutiae of the details once the centre was open.’
    • ‘As time went on, I saw the vast amount of resources - and everything is now distilling into minutiae compared to what it was before.’
    • ‘It is packed with fascinating minutiae, and yet it is curiously lacking in some details.’
    details, niceties, subtleties, finer points, particulars, specifics
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Mid 18th century: Latin, literally ‘trifles’, from minutia ‘smallness’, from minutus (see minute).