Definition of miniver in English:


Pronunciation /ˈminəvər/ /ˈmɪnəvər/


  • Plain white fur used for lining or trimming clothes.

    ‘the doctor's miniver-trimmed hat’
    • ‘He had no light-weight mantle, only the green one trimmed with gold wire and lined with miniver.’
    • ‘A fifteenth-century observer described artist's brushes made of miniver fur mounted in quill handles.’


Middle English from Old French menu vair ‘little vair’, from menu ‘little’ + vair ‘squirrel fur’ (see vair).