Definition of versal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvərsəl/


Relating to a style of ornate capital letter used to start a verse, paragraph, etc., in a manuscript, typically built up by inking between pen strokes and with long, rather flat serifs.


A versal letter.
Example sentences
  • Come see how she has rendered these vibrant contemporary versals, and welcome her to our Guild.
  • Use versals in the beginning of a sentence, use punctuation, and commas where appropriate.
  • Many of the versals are made with a quill pen and red and blue ink instead of a brush.


Late 19th century: from Latin vers- 'turned' + -al, influenced by verse.

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Syllabification: ver·sal

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