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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Initials'

Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Initials'

In a written or published work, an initial is a letter at the beginning of a work, a chapter, or a paragraph that is larger than the rest of the text. The word is derived from the Latin initialis, which means standing at the beginning. An initial often is several lines in height and in older books or manuscripts, sometimes ornately decorated.

In illuminated manuscripts, initials with images inside them, such as those illustrated here, are known as historiated initials. They were an invention of the Insular art of the British Isles in the eighth century. Initials containing, typically, plant-form spirals with small figures of animals or humans that do not represent a specific person or scene are known as "inhabited" initials. Certain important initials, such as the B of Beatus vir ... at the opening of Psalm 1 at the start of a vulgate Latin psalter, could occupy a whole page of a manuscript.

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'Initials' in famous quotation sentence

* If you don't know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues' initials on 'em, and pass them along. When in doubt, route. - Malcolm Forbes

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  • Plane wreckage pulled up near Great Barrier Is
    The initials on the tail of a plane pulled from the sea by a fishing trawler match those belonging to missing pilot Daroish Kraidy. Read more on this news related to 'Initials'
  • Rathskeller celebrates 82 years
    Countless initials decorate each table and booth within The All-American Rathskeller. Perhaps they belong to current students or alumni who’ve come and gone, maybe a visitor passing through. Read more on this news related to 'Initials'
  • Pittsburgh Steelers to Wear Chuck Noll's Initials
    The Pittsburgh Steelers will wear Chuck Noll's initials on their helmets during the 2014 NFL season. ESPN's Scott Brown wrote more about the Steelers' tribute to their late head coach: "The... Read more on this news related to 'Initials'

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