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majuscule

[muh-juhs-kyool, maj-uh-skyool] /məˈdʒʌs kyul, ˈmædʒ əˌskyul/
adjective
1.
(of letters) capital.
2.
large, as either capital or uncial letters.
3.
written in such letters (opposed to minuscule).
noun
4.
a majuscule letter.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin majuscula (littera) a somewhat bigger (letter), equivalent to majus-, stem of major major + -cula -cule1
Related forms
majuscular, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for majuscular

majuscule

/ˈmædʒəˌskjuːl/
noun
1.
a large letter, either capital or uncial, used in printing or writing
adjective
2.
relating to, printed, or written in such letters Compare minuscule
Derived Forms
majuscular (məˈdʒʌskjʊlə) adjective
Word Origin
C18: via French from Latin mājusculus, diminutive of mājor bigger, major
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Word Origin and History for majuscular

majuscule

18c. (adj)., 1825 (n.), from French majuscule (16c.), from Latin maiuscula (littera), fem. of maiusculus "somewhat larger, somewhat greater," diminutive of maior (see major (adj.)).

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