Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A capital letter; especially, one used in ancient manuscripts. See majusculæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

French, from Latin māiusculus, somewhat larger, diminutive of māior, greater; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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

  • 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

  • As mentioned earlier, different typefaces are employed in the text, including a super-sized "RIVERS" in the sentence pg 7, "And yet in this tales of Fathers and Crows, the word writ in grandest majuscule must be RIVERS."

    Black Market Kidneys » Fathers And Crows: pp. 1-106

  • When Wolin requested that Derrida share those reasons with him privately, Derrida refused to do so, beyond insisting (in majuscule, no less) that his judgment of the book was "essentiellement NEGATIVE… je le répète, NEGATIVE" (letter of May 1, 1992).

    'L'affaire Derrida'

  • Lemparius was a fool to think his wereman cloak would enhance either his anatomy or performance to majuscule proportions; worse, he had allowed her beautiful barbarian to escape!

    Conan the Fearless

  • Peuple -- avec la majuscule -- vous devez visiter les Saloperies, faubourg au delà de Belleville et de Ménilmontant, faubourg où les femmes sortent le matin en cheveux -- ça ne veut pas dire comme Lady GODIVA, mais simplement sans chapeau -- acheter de la charcuterie; et où vers minuit dans des bouges infects les hommes se coupent le gavion, en bons zigs, après une soirée de rigolade.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, February 28, 1891

  • The majuscule cursive, which is that of the ancient papyri, is distinguished from the minuscule cursive, used on the papyri of the sixth and seventh centuries.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

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