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.
uncial (not comparable)
- Of or relating to a majuscule style of writing with unjoined, rounded letters, originally used in the 4th–9th centuries.
- 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure:
- This, also written in black letter, we found inscribed on a second parchment that was in the coffer, apparently somewhat older in date than that on which was inscribed the mediæval Latin translation of the uncial Greek of which I shall speak presently.
uncial (plural uncials)
uncial (plural unciales)
uncial f (plural unciales)