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Majuscule

[MAJ-əs-kyool]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, 18th century

1.

Large lettering, either capital or uncial, in which all the letters are the same height

2.

A large letter.

Examples of Majuscule in a sentence

"The bodega's new sign used majuscule to advertise their new menu items."

"It was difficult to read her handwriting because she avoided all use of majuscule."

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About Majuscule

This noun developed in French, but originally comes from the Latin word "majuscula," which means a "somewhat greater letter."

Did you Know?

When printshops used individual metal type, letters were kept in separate cases. Smaller letters were kept in a case on a lower shelf for easy access, creating "lowercase" letters. The larger letters, the majuscule, were kept on the upper shelf.

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