miniscule

Miniscule is a variant of minuscule, meaning “very tiny.” Ants, grains of sand, and portion sizes at fancy restaurants might all be described as miniscule.

Mini- means small, as in the words minimal and miniskirt. That’s why it’s in the word miniscule too, right? Wrong. It’s there because enough people spelled the word incorrectly that dictionary editors have given in. The traditional spelling is minuscule, with a u instead of a second i; minuscule is derived from the Latin word minus meaning “less.” Sticklers are surely convinced that the newfangled spelling illustrates the miniscule amount of respect that English speakers have for their own language.

Primary Meanings of miniscule

1.
adj
very small
2.
adjn
lowercase
the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case
Full Definitions of miniscule
1

adj very small

Synonyms:
minuscule
little, small
limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
2

adj lowercase

Synonyms:
little, minuscule, small
lowercase
relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case

adj of or relating to a small cursive script developed from uncial; 7th to 9th centuries

Synonyms:
minuscular, minuscule
lowercase
relating to small (not capitalized) letters that were kept in the lower half of a compositor's type case
Antonyms:
majuscule
of or relating to a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; 4th to 8th centuries
uppercase
relating to capital letters which were kept in the top half of a compositor's type case
majuscular
of the nature of a majuscule or written in majuscules
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n the characters that were once kept in bottom half of a compositor's type case

Synonyms:
lower-case letter, lowercase, minuscule, small letter
Antonyms:
capital, capital letter, majuscule, upper-case letter, uppercase
one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis
Type of:
character, grapheme, graphic symbol
a written symbol that is used to represent speech

n a small cursive script developed from uncial between the 7th and 9th centuries and used in medieval manuscripts

Synonyms:
minuscule
Type of:
cursive, cursive script, longhand, running hand
rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper

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