- (of an alphabetical letter) of a particular form often different from and smaller than its corresponding capital letter, and occurring after the initial letter of a proper name, of the first word in a sentence, etc. Examples: a, b, q, r.
- Printing. pertaining to or belonging in the lower case.Compare case2(def 8).
- to print or write with a lowercase letter or letters.
- a lowercase letter.
Origin of lowercase
First recorded in 1675–85
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Examples from the Web for lowercase
The lowercase ‘i’ is meant to emphasize individual submission.Bachmann’s Wacky Porn Pledge
July 8, 2011
He used combinations of uppercase and lowercase letters in two sizes in the inscriptions on the clock dial and in his writings.
Chipping Walden, of the Saxon word ᵹipping (or ghipping) uses the insular 'g' (ᵹ), variant of (lowercase) yogh (ȝ).Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine
Numbers and dates in lowercase Roman numerals often end in a “j,” signifying “i.”
Thus the lowercase f and y and the uppercase Q are shorn of their due proportions.The Booklover and His Books
Harry Lyman Koopman
Word Origin and History for lowercase
"to set (text) in lower-case type," 1911, from lower-case (adj.). Related: Lowercased; lowercasing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper