miniature (adj.) Look up miniature at Dictionary.com
"small," 1714, from minature (n.). Of dog breeds, from 1889. Of golf, from 1893.
miniature (n.) Look up miniature at Dictionary.com
1580s, "a reduced image," from Italian miniatura "manuscript illumination or small picture," from past participle of miniare "to illuminate a manuscript," from Latin miniare "to paint red," from minium "red lead," used in ancient times to make red ink, a word said to be of Iberian origin. Sense development is because pictures in medieval manuscripts were small, but no doubt there was influence as well from the similar-sounding Latin words that express smallness: minor, minimus, minutus, etc.