Definitions for uncialˈʌn ʃi əl, -ʃəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•ci•alˈʌn ʃi əl, -ʃəl(adj.)

  1. designating, written in, or pertaining to a form of majuscule writing having a curved or rounded shape and used chiefly in Greek and Latin manuscripts from about the 3rd to the 9th century a .d .

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  2. (n.)an uncial letter.

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  3. uncial writing.

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  4. a manuscript written in uncials.

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Origin of uncial:

1640–50; < LL unciālēs (litterae) (Jerome) uncial (letters), pl. of L unciālis weighing one twelfth of a libra (see ounce1, -al1); literal sense is unclear


Princeton's WordNet

  1. uncial(adj)

    a style of orthography characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; found especially in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the 4th to 8th centuries

  2. uncial(adj)

    relating to or written in majuscule letters (which resemble modern capitals)

    "uncial letters"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Uncial(adj)

    of, pertaining to, or designating, a certain style of letters used in ancient manuscripts, esp. in Greek and Latin manuscripts. The letters are somewhat rounded, and the upstrokes and downstrokes usually have a slight inclination. These letters were used as early as the 1st century b. c., and were seldom used after the 10th century a. d., being superseded by the cursive style

  2. Uncial(noun)

    an uncial letter


  1. Uncial script

    Uncial is a majuscule script commonly used from the 4th to 8th centuries AD by Latin and Greek scribes. Uncial letters were used to write Greek, Latin, and Gothic.


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