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

Examples of uppercase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And the company’s all-uppercase, 1990s-esque logo will give way to one including lower-case letters and a more modern-looking font, said Ms. Leyden Li. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, 19 July 2021 As part of the design, an uppercase block-A Alabama logo sits on the neck of the bottle with an elephant breaking through the void or counter in the letter. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 19 May 2021 Fortunately this typeface is only uppercase, so that simplifies a lot of things. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Apr. 2021 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, 16 June 2020 It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to the Associated Press. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2020 The company’s new corporate logo is its name in all uppercase letters. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2019 It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to the Associated Press stylebook. 3. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2018 It's also supposed to be lowercase, not uppercase, according to the Associated Press stylebook. 3. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, 7 Mar. 2021 Choose from four metals — 14k yellow gold or rose plated silver, sterling silver and 14k yellow gold — and customize either both or your right earring with up to ten uppercase letters for each hoop. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 21 Aug. 2019 When punctuation counts Google does not recognize uppercase or lowercase letters and punctuation. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2019 Then there’s the Nutella soufflé, which is neither an uppercase Nutella creation nor a soufflé. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, 28 Nov. 2019 On the Internet, using uppercase letters is shorthand for shouting. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 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, 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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31 Jul 2021

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“Uppercase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uppercase. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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uppercase

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uppercase

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

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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