Origin of uncial
Examples from the Web for uncial
Again the corrected e is capital, not uncial, but Aldus would have had no hesitation in adopting the reading of the second hand.A Sixth-Century Fragment of the Letters of Pliny the Younger|Elias Avery Lowe and Edward Kennard Rand
The uncial characters shown here (a) afford one of the best examples61 for practice in writing with the reed or quill.Illumination and its Development in the Present Day|Sidney Farnsworth
It is a large folio, finely written in a neat minuscule, mainly Saxon hand, with uncial initials in two columns.Illuminated Manuscripts|John W. Bradley
The earlier copies are all in uncial or "capital" letters, cursive or "lower-case" letters being a later invention.
Mr. Crane is especially fond of an Uncial pen form, which he varies with masterful freedom.Letters and Lettering|Frank Chouteau Brown
British Dictionary definitions for uncial
Word Origin for uncial
Word Origin and History 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."