What are minigames?

Some articles on minigames, minigame:

Let's Tap - Gameplay - Minigames
... The game features the following minigames Tap Runner Up to four players compete in a side scrolling race along an obstacle course where they must jump ... The minigame also features a multiplayer battle mode for up to four players ...
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales - Gameplay
... Upon finding them the player is transported into pop-up picture books to complete minigames and open the path to the next part of the story ... More simplistic minigames, known as microgames, are also scattered throughout the world ... Unlike minigames, these are not located within pop-up books, do not affect the game-world and are not required to progress in the game ...
My Sims Party - Gameplay - Nintendo DS Version
... This is accomplished by playing minigames for the locals who lives in your town and after you're done with a certain festival you earn stars ... stars to unlock other parts of town as well as new minigames and new items in stores ... You can play certain minigames and depends how you do, you unlock them as a playable character ...
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude - Gameplay
... At several locations on campus a minigame can be entered, usually by "activating" an object or a person (starting a conversation) ... The player must win most of the minigames in order to advance ... Minigames started by a conversation usually increase the affection of one of the girls other minigames can provide money or increase "confidence" ...