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English definition of “minimalist”

minimalist

adjective uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.mə.lɪst/ us  

minimalist adjective (SIMPLE)

art, architecture, theatre & film belonging or relating to a style in art, design, and theatre that uses the smallest range of materials and colours possible, and only very simple shapes or forms: minimalist painting The set for the ballet is minimalist - white walls and a chair.Art history and artistic movements

minimalist adjective (NOT DOING MUCH)

taking or showing as little action and involvement in a situation as possible: the party's minimalist approach to economic policyPolitics
minimalism
noun [U] uk   /-lɪ.zəm/ us  
Art history and artistic movements

minimalist

noun [C] uk   /ˈmɪn.ɪ.mə.lɪst/ us  
an artist or designer who uses a minimalist styleArtists
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