low·​er·​case | \ ˌlō-ər-ˈkās How to pronounce lowercase (audio) \

Definition of lowercase

 (Entry 1 of 3)

of a letter
: having as its typical form a f g or b n i rather than A F G or B N I


lowercased; lowercasing

Definition of lowercase (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to print or set in lowercase letters

lower case


Definition of lower case (Entry 3 of 3)

: a type case containing lowercase letters and usually figures, punctuation marks, spaces, and quads (see quad entry 2) — compare upper case

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Other Words from lowercase


lowercase noun

Examples of lowercase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ads for a curvaceous couch from a cool brand whose logo was all lowercase, ads for a rainbow selection of sweatsuits, ads for candles, colorful sheet pans, and wireless bralettes. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Instagram Shopping Has Been a Bright Spot In a Dark Year," 22 Mar. 2021 NordPass suggests changing your passwords every 90 days with a mix of upper and lowercase letters, and creating a different password for each of your accounts. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Yes, people are still using '123456' and 'password' as their password," 19 Nov. 2020 The word white, when referring to race, will remain lowercase in The News. Mike Wilson, Dallas News, "Capitalizing ‘Black’ a sign of respect, changing times," 24 June 2020 In the ‘50s, the American heritage brand went lowercase. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "How To Shop For Vintage When You Can’t Try Anything On," 22 May 2020 This company is now recognized by its bright red, lowercase name, but its earliest symbol was a little Dutch boy — an homage to its immigrant founders. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "China trade deal and big banks' earnings lift markets," 19 Jan. 2020 Last week, Bea Kristi, a London teen-ager who records under the lowercase stage name beabadoobee, popped onto the mainstream’s radar. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "How beabadoobee’s “I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus” Reckons with a Rock Idol," 27 Sep. 2019 According to SplashData, the key is using at least 12 characters with a combination of upper and lowercase letters and characters. Lena Grossman, Time, "The Worst 25 Passwords of 2017," 19 Dec. 2017 Those meet the requirements of having at least eight characters, a special character, and upper and lowercase letters. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 steps for crafting the perfect password," 27 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, according to the checker, a 12-character string, with uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers, could take an attacker just three years to crack. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, "The Best Password Managers and Security Tips: How to Solve Your Login Problems," 7 Mar. 2021 The text of the proposal is littered with random capitalization, because some things are too important to lowercase. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of lowercase


1683, in the meaning defined above


1895, in the meaning defined above


1683, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lowercase


from the compositor's practice of keeping such types in the lower of a pair of type cases

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The first known use of lowercase was in 1683

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27 Mar 2021

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“Lowercase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowercase. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lowercase

: having as its typical form a, b, c rather than A, B, C : not capital


low·​er·​case | \ ˌlō-ər-ˈkās How to pronounce lowercase (audio) \

Kids Definition of lowercase

: having the form a, b, c, rather than A, B, C

Other Words from lowercase

lowercase noun The letters are written in lowercase.

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