A drop cap is the where the first character of the first paragraph is made larger, taking up several lines of text or the first few sentences. Drop caps are used in various media the used typed text including books, newspaper articles, documents, and webpages. Drop caps are used to add style or grab a reader's attention. For example:
Here is a paragraph that starts using a drop cap letter. As you can see, the first letter of the word "here" is large and helps bring focus to this section. As you continue to type, the text moves under the "H" in the first word of this paragraph.