- designating, written in, or pertaining to a form of majuscule writing having a curved or rounded shape and used chiefly in Greek and Latin manuscripts from about the 3rd to the 9th century a.d.
- an uncial letter.
- uncial writing.
- a manuscript written in uncials.
Origin of uncial
Related Words for uncialsign, alphabet, cap, character, minuscule, capital, type, majuscule, rune, uncial, initial
Examples from the Web for uncial
Historical Examples of uncial
The first in uncial Greek was by Tisisthenes, the son to whom the writing was addressed.She
H. Rider Haggard
First, the uncial, that is, those written in capital letters.Companion to the Bible
E. P. Barrows
Kneeling down, we read upon the lintel the Greek inscription in uncial letters, cut when the Mosque was a Christian church.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
Those of you who are judges of graphic character will see the nature of the letters; they are capital, or uncial letters.
They are both written in quarto, in uncial letters and double columns.Annals of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, A.D. 1598-A.D. 1867
William Dunn Macray
- of, relating to, or written in majuscule letters, as used in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the third to ninth centuries, that resemble modern capitals, but are characterized by much greater curvature and inclination and general inequality of height
- pertaining to an inch or an ounce
- pertaining to the duodecimal system
- an uncial letter or manuscript
Word Origin for uncial
1640s, "pertaining to an ounce," from Latin uncialis "of an inch, of an ounce," from uncia "a twelfth part" (see inch). In reference to letters, it is attested from 1712, from Late Latin litterae unciales (Jerome), probably meaning "letters an inch high," from Latin uncialis "of an inch, inch-high."