Minuscule

A script in which letters have ascenders that rise above the level of minim-height and descenders that descend below the baseline.

A script in which letters have ascenders that rise above the level of minim-height and descenders that descend below the baseline. A minuscule script can be described as being written between four imaginary lines: the top line at the height of the top of ascenders; the next at minim-height; the next at the baseline; and the bottom line at the level of the bottom of descenders. Used for Roman alphabet scripts. Comparable to lower-case letters in typography.

  • Armenian:
    բոլորգիր
  • French:
    minuscule
  • Italian:
    minuscolo
  • Portuguese:
    minúsculo
  • Spanish:
    minúscula

Raymond Clemens and Timothy Graham, Introduction to Manuscript Studies (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2007), 136-144, 151-152.