uncial

adjective
un·​cial | \ ˈən(t)-shəl How to pronounce uncial (audio) , -sē-əl How to pronounce uncial (audio) \

Definition of uncial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: written in the style or size of uncials

uncial

noun

Definition of uncial (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a handwriting used especially in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the fourth to the eighth centuries a.d. and made with somewhat rounded separated majuscules but having cursive forms for some letters
2 : an uncial letter
3 : a manuscript written in uncial

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Noun

uncials

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from uncial

Adjective

uncially adverb

First Known Use of uncial

Adjective

1712, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for uncial

Adjective

Late Latin unciales (litterae) uncial (letters), from Latin, plural of uncialis weighing an ounce, from uncia twelfth part, ounce — more at ounce

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