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 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 This can be communicated in either upper or lowercase text. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "What does the future of Europe look like? Subscribe on WhatsApp for updates and discussions.," 25 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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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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