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uncial

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

Definition of uncial

  1. :  written in the style or size of uncials

uncially

adverb

Origin and Etymology of uncial

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


First Known Use: 1712


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uncial

noun un·cial

Definition of uncial

  1. 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. 2 :  an uncial letter

  3. 3 :  a manuscript written in uncial

Illustration of uncial

Circa 1775

First Known Use of uncial

circa 1775


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