Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Very small; tiny. See Synonyms at small.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or written in minuscule.
  • n. A small cursive script developed from uncial between the seventh and ninth centuries and used in medieval manuscripts.
  • n. A letter written in minuscule.
  • n. A lowercase letter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lower-case letter.
  • n. Any of the two medieval handwriting styles minuscule cursive and Caroline minuscule.
  • n. A letter in these styles.
  • adj. Written in minuscules, lower-case.
  • adj. Written in minuscule handwriting style.
  • adj. Very small, tiny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or relating to a minuscule{2} or of a script written in minuscules{2}; of the size and style of minuscules{2}; written in minuscules{2}; minuscular.
  • n. Any very small, minute object.
  • n. A small Roman letter which is neither capital nor uncial; a manuscript written in such letters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Small; of reduced form, as a letter; of or pertaining to writing in minuscule.
  • n. The kind of reduced alphabetical character which, originating in the seventh century, was from about the ninth substituted in writing for the large uncial previously in use, and from which the small letter of modern Greek and Roman alphabets was derived; hence, a small or lower-case letter in writing or printing, as distinguished from a capital or majuscule.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small cursive script developed from uncial between the 7th and 9th centuries and used in medieval manuscripts
  • adj. very small
  • n. the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case
  • adj. of or relating to a small cursive script developed from uncial; 7th to 9th centuries
  • adj. lowercase

Etymologies

French, from Latin minusculus, rather small, diminutive of minus, neuter of minor, smaller; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French minuscule. (Wiktionary)

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