up·​per·​case | \ ˌə-pər-ˈkās How to pronounce uppercase (audio) \

Definition of uppercase

 (Entry 1 of 4)


noun (1)

Definition of uppercase (Entry 2 of 4)

: capital letters


uppercased; uppercasing

Definition of uppercase (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to print or set in capital letters

upper case

noun (2)

Definition of upper case (Entry 4 of 4)

: a type case containing capitals and usually small capitals, fractions, symbols, and accents

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Examples of uppercase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to the Associated Press stylebook. 3. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "10 things you didn't know about daylight saving time," 6 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In literacy, kindergarten students should know how stories and poems are the same or different; how to identify uppercase and lowercase letters; and how to recognize punctuation marks and many common words. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "In Brookline, there’s a worry that kindergarten has lost its joy," 9 July 2019 Taking to Instagram to reveal the new ink to her 135million followers, Kylie showed off her latest tatt in the collection—a tiny ‘Stormi’ inked in uppercase on the back of her left arm. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Got the Sweetest Tiny Tattoo Dedicated to Her Daughter, Stormi," 17 May 2019 Duchess Meghan's cypher, which is kind of like a royal monogram, features a script uppercase 'M' underneath a coronet. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's Our First Look at Meghan Markle's New Royal Monogram," 25 May 2018 The absence of uppercase letters and the presence of high-minded concepts will not improve the dire situation, which has precedent. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "LeBron James, Cavaliers should stop it with the matching suits or they'll be missing rest of NBA playoffs," 22 Apr. 2018 The typical incoming Oregon kindergartner knew 8.2 letter sounds, compared with 8.9 letter sounds in fall 2016, could name 14.4 uppercase letters, compared with 14.8 the year before, and named 12.1 lowercase letters, compared with 12.5 in 2016. Betsy Hammond, OregonLive.com, "Oregon 5-year-olds less ready for kindergarten, state finds," 13 Feb. 2018 Tacos start as low as two for 92 cents, with breakfast tacos for $1.89, taquería standards around $2.69 and a dozen specialty tacos with uppercase names from $3.75 to $4.50. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "365 Days of Tacos: Saint City Tacos," 25 Dec. 2017 Originally, experts suggested thinking of a super complex password with a variety of numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and symbols. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "These were the worst passwords of 2017, study finds," 19 Dec. 2017 Warning: TTB mandates this text, including uppercase letters for the first two words: GOVERNMENT WARNING. Peter Rowe, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Booze 101: How to read a beer can," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of uppercase


1738, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

circa 1916, in the meaning defined above


1949, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1683, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uppercase


from the compositor's practice of keeping capital letters in the upper of a pair of type cases

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The first known use of uppercase was in 1683

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English Language Learners Definition of uppercase

: having as its typical form A, B, C rather than a, b, c


up·​per·​case | \ ˌə-pər-ˈkās How to pronounce uppercase (audio) \

Kids Definition of uppercase

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

Other Words from uppercase

uppercase noun

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