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minuscule

noun mi·nus·cule \ ˈmi-nəs-ˌkyül also mi-ˈnəs- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of minuscule

1 :a lowercase letter
2 a :one of several ancient and medieval writing styles developed from cursive and having simplified and small forms
b :a letter in this style

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Origin and Etymology of minuscule

French, from Latin minusculus rather small, diminutive of minor smaller

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minuscule

adjective \ ˈmi-nəs-ˌkyül \

Definition of minuscule

1 :written in or in the size or style of minuscules
2 :very small
  • minuscule amounts

Examples of minuscule in a Sentence

  1. public health officials have claimed that the chemical is harmless in such minuscule amounts

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Minuscule derives from the Latin adjective minusculus, which means "rather small." The "minuscule" spelling is consistent with the word's etymology, but since the 19th century, people have also been spelling it "miniscule," perhaps because they associate it with the combining form "mini-" and words such as "minimal" and "minimum." Usage commentators generally consider the "miniscule" spelling an error, but it is widely used in reputable and carefully edited publications and is accepted as a legitimate variant in some dictionaries. ]>

Origin and Etymology of minuscule

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MINUSCULE Defined for English Language Learners

minuscule

adjective

Definition of minuscule for English Language Learners

  • : very small


MINUSCULE Defined for Kids

minuscule

adjective mi·nus·cule \ ˈmi-nə-ˌskyül \

Definition of minuscule for Students

:very small
  • minuscule amounts


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