initial

[ ih-nish-uhl ]
/ ɪˈnɪʃ əl /
See synonyms for: initial / initialed / initialing / initialled on Thesaurus.com

adjective

of, relating to, or occurring at the beginning; first: the initial step in a process.
Phonetics. occurring at the beginning of a word or syllable, as the (k) sound of kite, chasm, or quay.

noun

an initial letter, as of a word.
the first letter of a proper name.
a letter of extra size or an ornamental character used at the beginning of a chapter or other division of a book, manuscript, or the like.

verb (used with object), in·i·tialed, in·i·tial·ing or (especially British) in·i·tialled, in·i·tial·ling.

to mark or sign with an initial or the initials of one's name, especially as a token of preliminary or informal approval.

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Origin of initial

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin initiālis, equivalent to initi(um) “beginning” (init-, noun derivative of inīre “to enter, begin”; in- in-2 + īre “to go”; cf. comes) + -ium-ium) + -alis-al1

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British Dictionary definitions for initial

initial
/ (ɪˈnɪʃəl) /

adjective

of, at, or concerning the beginning

noun

the first letter of a word, esp a person's name
printing a large sometimes highly decorated letter set at the beginning of a chapter or work
botany a cell from which tissues and organs develop by division and differentiation; a meristematic cell

verb -tials, -tialling or -tialled or US -tials, -tialing or -tialed

(tr) to sign with one's initials, esp to indicate approval; endorse

Derived forms of initial

initialer or initialler, nouninitially, adverb

Word Origin for initial

C16: from Latin initiālis of the beginning, from initium beginning, literally: an entering upon, from inīre to go in, from in- ² + īre to go
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