Capital or Capitol?
Capital or Capitol?What 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, main, or excellent.
More about "Capitol" and "Capital"Many 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 five meanings:
(1) A city that is the seat of the government for a country or a state.
- The capital of England is London. (In this meaning, "capital" is a noun.)
- Do you have any capital invested in her business?
- "A," "B," and "C" are capital letters, but "a," "b," and "c" are lowercase letters. (Here, "capital" is an adjective.)
- In German, every noun starts with a capital. (In this example, "capital" is a noun.)
- Our capital concern is that everyone gets fed during the electricity failure. (Here, "capital" is an adjective.)
- That was a capital speech you made, old chap. (Here, "capital" is an adjective. The use of "capital" meaning "first rate" or "excellent" was common during the 19th century, but it fell sharply during the 20th century. Interestingly though, it appears to be getting more common. [evidence])