Uncial meaning

ŭn'shəl, -sē-əl
Of or relating to a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters and found especially in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the fourth to the eighth century ad.
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A style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters. It provided the model from which most of the capital letters in the modern Latin alphabet are derived.
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A capital letter written in this style.
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Designating or of a form of large, rounded letter used in the script of Greek and Latin manuscripts between a.d. 300 and 900
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An uncial letter.
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An uncial manuscript.
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Uncial script.
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(rare) Of, or relating to an ounce, or an inch, especially to letters printed an inch high.
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Of, or relating to a majuscule style of writing with unjoined, rounded letters, originally used in the 4th-9th centuries.
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A style of writing using uncial letters.
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A letter in this style.
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A manuscript in this style.
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Origin of uncial

  • From Late Latin ūnciālēs (litterae) inch-high (letters), uncials pl. of Latin ūnciālis inch-high from ūncia a twelfth part, ounce, inch oi-no- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Attested 1712, from Late Latin unciales (“uncials"), unciales litterae (“uncial letters") (Jerome), plural of uncialis (“pertaining to one twelfth part, ounce, or inch"), from uncia (“one twelfth part, ounce, inch"). The literal meaning is unclear: some references indicate "inch-high letters", but see “Uncial script" in Wikipedia.
    From Wiktionary
  • Attested 1650, from Latin uncia (“one twelfth part, ounce, inch").
    From Wiktionary