I wanted to know if there any single word that replaces "the smallest one", like minor or tiny or some words like that. And the replacement should be a noun.

I need a noun that expresses the minimality of something, it might not be the smallest, it could be the youngest or the lowest etc. but it should be noun.
Or let's say that we have set of elements those have size and could be measured, and there should be a noun that expresses the smallest element of this set.
Like rookie is at the bottom of the army (the smallest) and the general is at the top of the army or policy (the highest or the biggest one). But in this example rookie has not size its measurement mostly depends on an experience or things like that.

closed as unclear what you're asking by Hot Licks, AndyT, Skooba, NVZ, Dan Bron Mar 14 '17 at 22:54

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    You want the word least. For a famous example, in the Bible, the verse Matthew 25:40 reads (in part): Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me. – Dan Bron Mar 9 '17 at 12:53
  • You're not generally going to be able to eliminate the article. – Hot Licks Mar 9 '17 at 13:00
  • @DanBron, You are replacing the smallest with the the least in your example. – Vanguard Mar 9 '17 at 13:01
  • @pyramidPeak As HotLicks says, the article is going to have to stay. You can omit it, but that doesn't depend on what word you choose to indicate minimum: any such word will do, and the omission will scan for native speakers like headlinese. – Dan Bron Mar 9 '17 at 13:03
  • But "smallest" has numerous synonyms -- "tiniest", "littlest", "least", "slightest", etc. – Hot Licks Mar 9 '17 at 13:05

Runt may be acceptable for your use.

A small pig or other animal, especially the smallest in a litter.

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