- 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.
- 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.
- to mark or sign with an initial or the initials of one's name, especially as a token of preliminary or informal approval.
Origin of initial
Examples from the Web for initialled
She dipped her pen in red ink and initialled the foot of the essay.Regiment of Women
He had, in the course of his duty, initialled the message and guessed its purport.The Dreadnought of the Air
Percy F. Westerman
He gave it to the crime lab himself, which was initialled by both of us.Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
He is charged with having removed the initialled papers from the Slovene claims and affixed them to the German claims.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
And she interlined and initialled the condemnation of Dr. Gotthold.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
- of, at, or concerning the beginning
- 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
- (tr) to sign with one's initials, esp to indicate approval; endorse
Word Origin and History for initialled
"to mark or sign with initials," 1864, American English, from initial (n.). Related: Initialed; initialing.
"initial letter of a name or surname," 1620s, from initial (adj.) in a specialized sense "standing at the beginning of a word, sentence, etc."
1520s, "of or pertaining to a beginning," from Middle French initial or directly from Latin initialis "initial, incipient," from initium "a beginning, an entrance," from past participle stem of inire "to go into, enter upon, begin," from in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + ire "to go" (see ion).