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Majuscule \Ma*jus"cule\, n. [Cf. F. majuscule. See Majuscul[ae].] A capital letter; especially, one used in ancient manuscripts. See Majuscul[ae].

Majuscule writing, writing composed wholly of capital letters, especially the style which prevailed in Europe from the third to the sixth century.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.)).


n. A capital letter, especially one used in ancient manuscripts.

  1. adj. of or relating to a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; 4th to 8th centuries [ant: minuscule]

  2. uppercase; "capital A"; "great A"; "many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script" [syn: capital, great]

  3. n. one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis; "printers once kept the type for capitals and for small letters in separate cases; capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper-case letters" [syn: capital, capital letter, upper case, upper-case letter] [ant: small letter]

Usage examples of "majuscule".

In a majuscule, childish script that might have been written left-handed, it says: It has come to my notice that you are with child.

Lying on his face, with the candle and the book before him, he would softly and tenderly repeat the praises of his dear, dear Annie, and as he turned over page after page, and saw the raised gold of the majuscules glow and flame in the candle-light, he pressed the thorns into his flesh.