uncial

adjective
un·​cial | \ˈən(t)-shəl, -sē-əl \

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

Illustration of uncial

Illustration of uncial

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about uncial

Statistics for uncial

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for uncial

The first known use of uncial was in 1712

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on uncial

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about uncial

Comments on uncial

What made you want to look up uncial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!