from Latin minimus smallest, a superlative from the root min- + -ate
a 1626 - Sermons, Bishop Lancelot Andrewes;
see Example below
From: Sermons Of The Nativity and of Repentance and Fasting.
Ninety-Six Sermons By The Right Honourable and Reverend Father in God,
Lancelot Andrewes, Volume I, 1841