minuscule

When something is teeny tiny, it is minuscule. If your mother calls your miniskirt minuscule, it probably means she wants you to change into something a bit less revealing.

In minuscule, you see the word, minus, which means lesser. The word minuscule has its roots in the Latin expression minuscula littera, a phrase used to describe the smaller letters in text. In the late 1800s, the use of the word expanded to mean very small in general — so the definition of minuscule became less minuscule.

Primary Meanings of minuscule

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 minuscule
1

adj very small

“a minuscule kitchen”
“a minuscule amount of rain fell”
Synonyms:
miniscule
little, small
limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
2

adj lowercase

“e.e.cummings's poetry is written all in minuscule letters”
Synonyms:
little, miniscule, 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:
miniscule, minuscular
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, miniscule, 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:
miniscule
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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