Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large letter, either capital or uncial, used in writing or printing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In paleography, a capital or uncial letter: opposed to minuscule.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A capital letter; especially, one used in ancient manuscripts. See majusculæ.
  • noun writing composed wholly of capital letters, especially the style which prevailed in Europe from the third to the sixth century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A capital letter, especially one used in ancient manuscripts.

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

  • adjective of or relating to a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; 4th to 8th centuries
  • adjective uppercase
  • noun one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis

Etymologies

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

[French, from Latin māiusculus, somewhat larger, diminutive of māior, greater; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Rogers lost out on the word "majuscule," which is a large-typeface, capital letter used in conjunction with smaller script in printing or writing.

    The Gazette-Enterprise: News

  • Rogers lost out on the word "majuscule," which is a large-typeface, capital letter used in conjunction with smaller script in printing or writing.

    The Gazette-Enterprise: News

  • Rogers lost out on the word "majuscule," which is a large-typeface, capital letter used in conjunction with smaller script in printing or writing.

    The Gazette-Enterprise: News

  • He said he chose to carve the speech in Roman majuscule, the capital letters first used on structures built in 2nd-century Rome.

    Restoration work at JFK grave site begins

  • He said he chose to carve the speech in Roman majuscule, the capital letters first used on structures built in 2nd-century Rome.

    Restoration work at JFK grave site begins

  • He said he chose to carve the speech in Roman majuscule, the capital letters first used on structures built in 2nd-century Rome.

    Restoration work at JFK grave site begins

  • He said he chose to carve the speech in Roman majuscule, the capital letters first used on structures built in 2nd-century Rome.

    Restoration work at JFK grave site begins

  • Ecoles sans accent sur la majuscule, chez moi c'est une question de style et d'école, justement — et pas intéressée vraiment à en discuté, déjà fait “to death” sur usenet et ailleurs

    Website Pro Day 3: Results! — Climb to the Stars

  • Avec la majuscule au J et au P sinon ca marche pas!!

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • In honor of all the politicking, I give you one of my favorite political poems, this by e.e. cummings, of the famous minuscule vs majuscule debate.

    Archive 2007-01-01

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