(1)   Uppercase
"Capital A"
"Great A"
"Many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"
(2)   Of primary important
"Our capital concern was to avoid defeat"
(3)   First-rate
"A capital fellow"
"A capital idea"


(4)   The upper part of a column that supports the entablature
(5)   One of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis
"Printers once kept the type for capitals and for small letters in separate cases; capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper-case letters"
(6)   A book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
(7)   The federal government of the United States
(8)   A seat of government
(9)   A center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product
"The crime capital of Italy"
"The drug capital of Columbia"
(10)   Wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value
(11)   Assets available for use in the production of further assets


From . Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.


  1. A city designated as a legislative seat by the government or some other authority, often the city in which the government is located; otherwise the most important city within a country or a subdivision of it.
    Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States of America.
    The Welsh government claims that Cardiff is Europe’s youngest capital.
  2. Money and wealth. The means to acquire goods and services, especially in a non-barter system.
    He does not have enough capital to start a business.
  3. Already-produced durable goods available for use as a factor of production, such as steam shovels (equipment) and office buildings (structures).
  4. An uppercase letter.
  5. The uppermost part of a column.

Usage notes

The homophone capitol refers only to a building, usually one that houses the legislative branch of a government, and often one located in a capital city.


  1. of prime importance
  2. excellent
    That is a capital idea!
  3. involving punishment by death
    Not all felonies are capital crimes.
  4. uppercase
    One begins a sentence with a capital letter.

Related terms

See also



  1. Capital (important)
    La peine capitale est abolie en France depuis les années 1980.


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