Definition of majuscule in English:

majuscule

Line breaks: maj¦us|cule
Pronunciation: /ˈmadʒəskjuːl
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Large lettering, either capital or uncial, in which all the letters are the same height: [as modifier]: Insular majuscule script
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    • Upper and lower case come from typesetting (the letters were kept in two cases, majuscule letters were kept in the upper case, the others in the lower case.
    • The majuscule letter V symbolizes a daughter of the Mother Goddess or the Mother Goddess as a virgin.
    • It was an angular majuscule script, often written without breaks between words or with words separated by dots.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A large letter.
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    • The written and printed form of English has two interlocking systems of letters: large letters, known variously as capitals, upper-case letters, majuscules, and small letters, or lower-case letters, minuscules.
    • In one hand he holds an open book and with an prodigious index finger points to the victim with words in red Roman majuscules against the night sky.
    • It was more a matter of the development of a more mature pattern that was no longer a capital script but one that consisted of hybrid majuscules organized as a graphic system.

Origin

early 18th century: from French, from Latin majuscula (littera) 'somewhat greater (letter)'.

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