minuscule

[ min-uh-skyool, mi-nuhs-kyool ]
/ ˈmɪn əˌskyul, mɪˈnʌs kyul /

adjective

very small.
(of letters or writing) small; not capital.
written in such letters (opposed to majuscule).

noun

a minuscule letter.
a small cursive script developed in the 7th century a.d. from the uncial, which it afterward superseded.

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Origin of minuscule

First recorded in 1695–1705; from Latin minusculus “smallish, pretty small, minor”; see minus, -cule1

usage note for minuscule

Minuscule, from Latin minus meaning “less,” has frequently come to be spelled miniscule, perhaps under the influence of the prefix mini- in the sense “of a small size.” Although this newer spelling is criticized by many, it occurs with such frequency in edited writing that some consider it a variant spelling rather than a misspelling.

OTHER WORDS FROM minuscule

mi·nus·cu·lar, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH minuscule

minuscule , minimal
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British Dictionary definitions for minuscule

minuscule
/ (ˈmɪnəˌskjuːl) /

noun

a lower-case letter
writing using such letters
a small cursive 7th-century style of lettering derived from the uncial

adjective

relating to, printed in, or written in small lettersCompare majuscule
very small
(of letters) lower-case

Derived forms of minuscule

minuscular (mɪˈnʌskjʊlə), adjective

Word Origin for minuscule

C18: from French, from Latin (littera) minuscula very small (letter), diminutive of minor
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