Is it possible to write a word in uppercase in the glossaries but in lowercase in the text? I could use \glslink instead of \gls, but is there no better solution?

Here is an example to clarify what I want:



\newglossaryentry{lowercase}{name={lowercase}, description={In the glossary, this word should be capitalized}}
\newglossaryentry{uppercase}{name={Uppercase}, description={This word is capitalized}}


Should both be lowercase: \gls{lowercase}, \gls{uppercase}.

Workaround: \gls{lowercase}, \glslink{uppercase}{uppercase}.



This yields:

Should both be lowercase: lowercase, Uppercase.
Workaround: lowercase, uppercase. 

lowercase In the glossary, this word should be capitalized. 1
Uppercase This word is capitalized. 1

4 Answers 4


There is a simple solution. You can set the text that appears in the glossary and the text that appears in the... text separatly.

    description={Appears uppercase in the glossary and lowercase in the text}

For future users encountering same trouble:

I ran into the problem myself and found this question and its duplicate. @Nitram's solution was useful in the case of a first word defined as a macro. However:

  • I didn't want to duplicate all the name entries,
  • I did want to keep control of what is capitalized and what isn't (case of mathematical symbols as first characters),
  • I wanted to keep the usual behaviour if nothing is specifically asked.

From an answer by @nicola-talbot there, I found a simple redefinition that does the trick:



Usage: outputs "First word capitalized" in the glossary, and \gls{firstexample} in-text outputs "first word capitalized":

  name={first}{word capitalized}

This won't work with a macro (will capitalize whole word), hence use of text field:

  name={\Boite de valeurs},
  text={\boite de valeurs}

I have maths first, normal use of name: both in the glossary and in-text \gls{firstexample} output "$i$-th blabla":

  name={$i$-th blabla}

I've used Nicola's answer, since none of the answers here worked for me.

The glossaries-extra package allows to easily setup the capitalization with firstuc. I didn't had to change much of my previews code, nor calls. Just change the package and add the following code:


It is possible to use both upper and lower case in the text;\Gls{} will give the capitalized word or term, as in the beginning of the sentence. In other locations, \gls{} can also be used for the lowercase form. See section 3 of the beginner's guide. I'm not sure if this exactly addresses the question asked, but it is a common usage for which people might find this question.

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