Definitions

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

  • adjective Very small; tiny. synonym: small.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or written in minuscule.
  • noun A small cursive script developed from uncial between the seventh and ninth centuries and used in medieval manuscripts.
  • noun A letter written in minuscule.
  • noun A lowercase letter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Small; of reduced form, as a letter; of or pertaining to writing in minuscule.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any very small, minute object.
  • noun A small Roman letter which is neither capital nor uncial; a manuscript written in such letters.
  • adjective 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.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French, from Latin minusculus, rather small, diminutive of minus, neuter of minor, smaller; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French minuscule.

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