Capital and Capitol
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between capital and capitol?
Capitol is the building where the US Congress meets.
Capital means a city serving as a country's seat of government, an amount of money or property, an uppercase letter, excellent or principal.
Capitol and CapitalMany people (particularly non-Americans) who see the word Capitol in writing assume it is a typo of capital.
CapitolThe Capitol is the building that serves as the seat of government for the United States Congress. It is located in Washington on top of Capitol Hill.
The United States Capitol
CapitalThe word capital has numerous meanings. As a noun, it means (1) a city that is the seat of the government for a country or a state, or (2) an amount of money or property. As an adjective, capital denotes (1) an uppercase letter, (2) first rate, excellent, or (3) main, principal.
- The Capitol is the main building of the US Congress. (Capitol is also known as the Statehouse.)
- The capital of England is London.
- That was a capital speech you made from the Capitol. (Here, capital means first rate or excellent.)
- Do you have any capital invested in her business? (Here, capital means money or property.)
- Our capital concern is that everyone gets fed during the electricity failure. (Here, capital means main or principal.)
- In German, all nouns start with a capital letter.