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Etymology

lower + case, in reference to the lower of two storage cases used by a typographic compositor, where minuscule type sorts were kept.

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lower case

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lower case (-)
  1. The minuscule or small letters (a, b, c, as opposed to the uppercase or capital letters, A, B, C).

Usage notes

Pedantically, lowercase and uppercase describe type, minuscule and majuscule handwriting, while small and capital are more generally applied to any letters, including painted, engraved, etc.

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