[muh-juhs-kyool, maj-uh-skyool]


(of letters) capital.
large, as either capital or uncial letters.
written in such letters (opposed to minuscule).


a majuscule letter.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for majuscule

sign, alphabet, cap, character, minuscule, capital, type, rune, uncial, initial

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British Dictionary definitions for majuscule



a large letter, either capital or uncial, used in printing or writing


relating to, printed, or written in such lettersCompare minuscule
Derived Formsmajuscular (məˈdʒʌskjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for majuscule

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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