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Dictionary Definition

minuscule adj
1 of or relating to a small cursive script developed from uncial; 7th to 9th centuries [syn: minuscular] [ant: majuscule]
2 lowercase; "little a"; "small a"; "e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters" [syn: little, small]
3 very small; "a minuscule kitchen"; "a minuscule amount of rain fell" [syn: miniscule]

Noun

1 the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case [syn: small letter, lower case, lower-case letter] [ant: capital]
2 a small cursive script developed from uncial between the 7th and 9th centuries and used in medieval manuscripts

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From minuscule.

Alternative spellings

  • miniscule (a misspelling so common that it has come to be considered an alternative spelling by many)

Noun

  1. A lower-case letter.
  2. Any of the two medieval handwriting styles minuscule cursive and Caroline minuscule.
  3. A letter in these styles.

Translations

lower-case letter
  • Finnish: pieni kirjain, minuskeli
medieval handwriting style
letter in this style

Adjective

en-adj more
  1. Written in minuscules, lower-case.
  2. Written in minuscule handwriting style.
  3. Very small, tiny.
    a minuscule dot

Synonyms

written in minuscules

Antonyms

lower-case

Translations

written in minuscules
written in minuscule handwriting style
very small, tiny
  • Finnish: mitätön, olematon

Usage notes

See the usage notes at miniscule

French

Etymology

From minuscula.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. minuscule

Noun

fr-noun f

Romanian

Pronunciation

Adjective

minuscule

Extensive Definition

Minuscule may refer to:
minuscule in French: Minuscule
minuscule in Polish: Minuskuła

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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