[ muh-juhs-kyool, maj-uh-skyool ]
/ məˈdʒʌs kyul, ˈmædʒ əˌskyul /


(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 forms

ma·jus·cu·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for majuscule


/ (ˈmædʒəˌskjuːl) /


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


relating to, printed, or written in such lettersCompare minuscule

Derived Forms

majuscular (məˈdʒʌskjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for majuscule

C18: via French from Latin mājusculus, diminutive of mājor bigger, major
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