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Meaning of initial by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French, from Latin initialis ( “of the beginning, incipient, initial” ), from initium ( “a going in, entrance, beginning” ), from inire ( “to go in, enter upon, begin” ), from in ( “in” ) + ire ( “to go” ) .


    initial ( not comparable )

    1. Chronologically first, early; of or pertaining to the beginning, cause or origin
      Our initial admiration for their efficiency gave way to disgust about their methods
      The initial stages of a syndrome may differ vastly from the final symptoms
    2. Spatially first, placed at the beginning, in the first position; especially said of the first letter of a word



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    initial P ( calligraphy )

    initial ( plural: initials )

    1. The first letter of a word or a name .
    2. In plural, the first letter of each word of a person's full name considered as a unit
      You can get your initials printed at the top .
    3. ( typography, calligraphy ) A distinguished initial letter of a chapter or section of a document .
    4. ( phonology ) onset, part of a syllable that precedes the syllable nucleus in phonetics and phonology .


    • ( typography, calligraphy ): drop cap, versal

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    • initial in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • initial in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • initial at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of initial by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. mark with one's initials

    1. occurring at the beginning

    2. took the initial step toward reconciliation
    1. the first letter of a word ( especially a person's name )

    2. he refused to put the initials FRS after his name