majuscule

noun
ma·jus·cule | \ˈma-jəs-ˌkyül, mə-ˈjəs-\

Definition of majuscule 

: a large letter (such as a capital)

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Other Words from majuscule

majuscular \mə-ˈjəs-kyə-lər \ adjective
majuscule adjective

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Majuscule looks like the complement to "minuscule," and the resemblance is no coincidence. "Minuscule" appeared in the early 18th century as a word for a lowercase letter, then later as the word for certain ancient and medieval writing styles which had "small forms." "Minuscule" then acquired a more general adjectival use for anything very small. "Majuscule" is the counterpart to "minuscule" when it comes to letters, but it never developed a broader sense (despite the fact that its Latin ancestor majusculus has the broad meaning "rather large"). The adjective "majuscule" also exists (as does "majuscular"). Not surprisingly, the adjective shares the noun's specificity, referring only to large letters or to a style using such letters.

First Known Use of majuscule

1722, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for majuscule

French, from Latin majusculus rather large, diminutive of major

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