The little letters or non-capital letters of the alphabet are lowercase glyphs. They make up the bulk of written text, with uppercase or capital letters used primarily only to start sentences or proper names.
The term lowercase is derived from the days of metal type where the more frequently used letters were kept near at hand in the lower case while the less frequently used capital letters were kept in the harder to reach upper case.
In some digital fonts, the lowercase letters are simply smaller versions or alternate versions of the same letterforms of the uppercase forms.
Also Known As: l.c. | little letters | small letters
Examples: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z