in grammar, late 14c. (also as a noun, "derivative word denoting a small or inferior example of what is meant by the word it is derived from"), from Old French diminutif (14c.), from Latin diminutivus, earlier deminutivus, from past participle stem of deminuere (see diminish).
1. She noticed a diminutive figure standing at the entrance.
2. She was a diminutive figure beside her husband.
3. Despite its diminutive size, the car is quite comfortable.