Meaning of “minute” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C ] uk us /ˈmɪnɪt/

A1 a period of time equal to 60 seconds:

It'll take you thirty minutes to get to the airport.
She was ten minutes late for her interview.
"Did you have a good holiday?" "Yes, thanks. I enjoyed every minute of it."
a thirty-minute journey

A2 a very short period of time:

It'll only take a minute to call him.
I'll be with you in a minute.
She died within minutes of (= very soon after) the attack.
(at) any minute

very soon:

Her train should be arriving any minute.
the last minute

B2 the latest time possible:

The concert was cancelled at the last minute.
the minute (that)

as soon as:

I'll tell you the minute we hear any news.
Wait/Just a minute; Hold on a minute.

used when asking someone to wait for a short time:

Just a minute - I've left my coat in the restaurant.

used when you disagree with something that someone has said or done:

Hold on a minute, Pete! I never said you could borrow my car.

(Definition of “minute noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)