or capital letters
(in the Roman alphabet
, ...) are one type of case
in a writing system
. Compare minuscule
, ...). Majuscules and minuscules are sometimes also known as uppercase
(or upper case
) and lowercase letters, respectively (for example, in computer programming
Some languages make no distinction between majuscules and minuscules. Latin was originally written using only one set of letters, which later became majuscules when minuscules were invented.
Even in alphabets with a case distinction, majuscules are used:
- for capitalization,
- for acronyms,
- for better legibility, e.g. on signs and in labelling, and
- in some languages, as a means of emphasis.
- Note: the use of majuscules for emphasis in situations where bold or italic type would suffice is generally considered to be a bad habit, albeit one that is quite common in the United States, particularly in email, Usenet, or in chat rooms.
is the writing
of a word
with its first letter
in majuscule and the remaining letters in minuscule. Capitalization rules vary by language
and are often quite complex
; however in most modern languages that have capitalization, the first word of every sentence
is capitalized, as are all proper nouns.