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majuscule

[muh-juhs-kyool, maj-uh-skyool]
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adjective
  1. (of letters) capital.
  2. large, as either capital or uncial letters.
  3. written in such letters (opposed to minuscule).
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noun
  1. a majuscule letter.
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Origin of majuscule

1720–30; < Latin majuscula (littera) a somewhat bigger (letter), equivalent to majus-, stem of major major + -cula -cule1
Related formsma·jus·cu·lar, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • It is written throughout in majuscule Roman capitals, which, although MM.

    The History, Theory, and Practice of Illuminating

    M. Digby Wyatt

  • This style is very important, as it marks the beginning of the change from majuscule to minuscule writing.


British Dictionary definitions for majuscule

majuscule

noun
  1. a large letter, either capital or uncial, used in printing or writing
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adjective
  1. relating to, printed, or written in such lettersCompare minuscule
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Derived Formsmajuscular (məˈdʒʌskjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin

C18: via French from Latin mājusculus, diminutive of mājor bigger, major
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Word Origin and History for majuscule

18c. (adj)., 1825 (n.), from French majuscule (16c.), from Latin maiuscula (littera), fem. of maiusculus "somewhat larger, somewhat greater," diminutive of maior (see major (adj.)).

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