Things that are miniature are teeny tiny versions of something else. Think miniature poodle. Unless you don't like small dogs. Then think miniature footballs. Aww, cute.

When something is a miniature, it is like it has been shrunk down in size. It's not just small, it's a small replica of something else. If you made a dollhouse that was a scale representation of your own house, it would be a miniature of your home. It would also be a little weird.

Definitions of miniature
  1. adjective
    being on a very small scale
    “a miniature camera”
    little, small
    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  2. noun
    a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
    synonyms: toy
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    type of:
    a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
  3. noun
    painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts)
    synonyms: illumination
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    type of:
    painting, picture
    graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface
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