uppercase

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adjective
  1. (of an alphabetic character) capital: Uppercase letters such as Q and U can be harder to read than lowercase letters q and u.

  2. Printing. pertaining to or belonging in the upper case, such as A, N, or W.: Compare case2 (def. 8).

verb (used with object),up·per·cased, up·per·cas·ing.
  1. to print or write with an uppercase letter, such as M, L, or V.

noun
  1. a capital letter, such as T, X, or P.

Origin of uppercase

1
First recorded in 1730–40; upper1 + case2 (in the sense “a tray divided into compartments for holding types for a compositor to use”)

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Other definitions for upper case (2 of 2)

upper case

nounPrinting.
  1. See under case2 (def. 8).

Origin of upper case

2
First recorded in 1675–85

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British Dictionary definitions for upper case

upper case

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noun
  1. the top half of a compositor's type case in which capital letters, reference marks, and accents are kept

adjective(upper-case when prenominal)
  1. of or relating to capital letters kept in this case and used in the setting or production of printed or typed matter

verbupper-case
  1. (tr) to print with upper-case letters; capitalize

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