uppercase

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

Definition of uppercase

 (Entry 1 of 4)

uppercase

noun (1)

Definition of uppercase (Entry 2 of 4)

: capital letters

uppercase

verb
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 The Globe explained that the word has evolved from a description of a person's skin color to signify a race and culture, and deserves the uppercase treatment, much like Latinos get. David Bauder, The Christian Science Monitor, "What's in a word? US newsrooms move to capitalize 'Black.'," 16 June 2020 It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to the Associated Press. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Daylight saving time begins Sunday. Are you ready to spring forward?," 4 Mar. 2020 The company’s new corporate logo is its name in all uppercase letters. Washington Post, "Move fast and capitalize things: Facebook unveils new logo," 5 Nov. 2019 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 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 The word black is already our preferred term; the change to uppercase recognizes Black people as a distinct cultural group and puts Black on equal footing with Latino and Native American. Mike Wilson, Dallas News, "Capitalizing ‘Black’ a sign of respect, changing times," 24 June 2020 Though Facebook says its new design is aimed at clarity, de Bartolo says all uppercase letters are often less legible than the standard uppercase-lowercase mix. Washington Post, "Move fast and capitalize things: Facebook unveils new logo," 5 Nov. 2019 In the last week of December 2018, just eight of the 200 songs on Spotify’s top 200 streaming songs were either all uppercase or all lowercase. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "The rise of all-lowercase and all-uppercase song titles," 21 Aug. 2019 When punctuation counts Google does not recognize uppercase or lowercase letters and punctuation. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "11 expert tips to search Google better, faster, more strategically," 2 Nov. 2019 Then there’s the Nutella soufflé, which is neither an uppercase Nutella creation nor a soufflé. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: 188 South gives New Braunfels restaurant fans a strong place for pizza, cocktails and small plates," 28 Nov. 2019 On the Internet, using uppercase letters is shorthand for shouting. Washington Post, "Move fast and capitalize things: Facebook unveils new logo," 5 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This post is typed as a shouting tantrum (all upper case) and claims to be written by a man who called corporate headquarters in Charlotte where he was informed of this. Bill Hand, USA TODAY, "Fact check: NASCAR will not do away with opening prayer, national anthem," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of uppercase

Adjective

1738, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

circa 1916, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1683, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uppercase

Adjective

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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Last Updated

3 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Uppercase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uppercase. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for uppercase

uppercase

adjective
How to pronounce upper case (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of uppercase

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

uppercase

adjective
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

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