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Alternative formsEdit

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

EtymologyEdit

From French minuscule, from Latin minuscula, feminine of minusculus (rather less, rather small), from minus (less, smaller) + -culus (diminutive suffix).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

minuscule (plural minuscules)

  1. A lowercase letter.
  2. Either of the two medieval handwriting styles minuscule cursive and Caroline minuscule.
  3. A letter in these styles.

TranslationsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

minuscule (comparative more minuscule, superlative most minuscule)

  1. Written in minuscules, lowercase.
  2. Written in minuscule handwriting style.
  3. Very small, tiny.
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist[1], volume 407, number 8837, page 74:
      In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result. If the bumf arrived electronically, the take-up rate was 0.1%. And for online adverts the “conversion” into sales was a minuscule 0.01%.
    a minuscule dot

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Usage notesEdit

See the usage notes at miniscule


FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Latin minusculus.

AdjectiveEdit

minuscule (plural minuscules)

  1. tiny, minute, minuscule
  2. (typography) lowercase

Etymology 2Edit

By ellipsis of [lettre] minuscule.

NounEdit

minuscule f (plural minuscules)

  1. (typography) a minuscule, a lower case
    Antonyms: majuscule

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LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

minuscule

  1. vocative masculine singular of minusculus

RomanianEdit