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Picayune is an adjective that means petty or meaningless and a noun that refers to an insignificant person or thing.

Our word of the day comes directly from French, where it refers to a 19th century copper coin. Because this coin had a fairly small value, the word picayune came to refer to something or someone who didn’t mean much. For example: I thought I was the star of our band, but didn’t realize how much of a picayune I was until we got on stage. The lead singer became the focal point and and in their eyes, I was pretty meaningless.

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