Minuscule



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

adjective
1.
very small.
2.
(of letters or writing) small; not capital.
3.
written in such letters (opposed to ).
noun
4.
a minuscule letter.
5.
a small cursive script developed in the 7th century a.d. from the uncial, which it afterward superseded.
/ˈmɪnəˌskjuːl/
noun
1.
a lower-case letter
2.
writing using such letters
3.
a small cursive 7th-century style of lettering derived from the uncial
adjective
4.
relating to, printed in, or written in small letters Compare majuscule
5.
very small
6.
(of letters) lower-case
n.

1705, “small (not capital) letter;” as an adjective, “small,” from 1727 (in printing; general sense of “extremely small” by 1893), from French minuscule (17c.), from Latin minuscula, in minuscula littera “slightly smaller letter,” fem. of minusculus “rather less, rather small,” diminutive of minus “less” (see minus). Related: Minuscular.

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