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Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, 18th century


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


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."

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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