Definitions for capitalˈkæp ɪ tl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cap•i•tal*ˈkæp ɪ tl(n.)

  1. the city or town that is the official seat of government of a country, state, etc.

    Category: Government

  2. a city regarded as being of special eminence in some field:

    the dance capital.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. Category: Printing

    Ref: capital letter.

  4. the wealth, as in money or property, owned or employed in business by an individual, firm, etc.

    Category: Business

  5. assets remaining after deduction of liabilities; the net worth of a business. the ownership interest in a business.

    Category: Business

  6. any source of profit, advantage, power, etc.; asset.

    Category: Business

  7. (adj.)pertaining to financial capital.

    Category: Business

  8. principal; primary:

    a subject of capital concern.

  9. chief, esp. as being the official seat of government of a country, state, etc.:

    a capital city.

    Category: Government

  10. excellent or first-rate:

    a capital hotel.

  11. indicating a capital letter; uppercase.

    Category: Printing

  12. involving loss of life.

  13. punishable by death:

    a capital crime.

* Syn: capital , chief , major , principal apply to a main or leading representative of a kind. capital may suggest preeminence, importance, or excellence: a capital idea. chief often means highest in office or power; it may mean most important: the chief clerk; the chief problem. major refers to someone or something that is greater in number, quantity, or importance: a major resource; a major poet. principal refers to the most distinguished, influential, or foremost person or thing: a principal stockholder; the principal reason.

Origin of capital:

1175–1225; < L capitālis of the head <caput head; (n.) < ML capitāle wealth < L capitālis

cap•i•talˈkæp ɪ tl(n.)

  1. the distinctively treated upper end of a column, pilaster, or the like.

    Category: Architecture

Origin of capital:

1250–1300; LL capitellum < L caput head

Princeton's WordNet

  1. capital, working capital(noun)

    assets available for use in the production of further assets

  2. capital(noun)

    wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value

  3. capital(noun)

    a seat of government

  4. capital, capital letter, uppercase, upper-case letter, majuscule(noun)

    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"

  5. capital(noun)

    a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product

    "the crime capital of Italy"; "the drug capital of Columbia"

  6. Capital, Washington(noun)

    the federal government of the United States

  7. Das Kapital, Capital(noun)

    a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories

  8. capital, chapiter, cap(adj)

    the upper part of a column that supports the entablature

  9. capital(adj)


    "a capital fellow"; "a capital idea"

  10. capital(adj)

    of primary importance

    "our capital concern was to avoid defeat"

  11. capital, great, majuscule(adj)


    "capital A"; "great A"; "many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. capital(noun)ˈkæp ɪ tl

    a city where a country or region's main government is located

    Berlin is the capital of Germany.; officials working in the state capital

  2. capitalˈkæp ɪ tl

    money used to make money

    looking for capital to start a business; capital expenditure

  3. capitalˈkæp ɪ tl

    the large form of a letter

    Write your name in capitals/in capital letters.

  4. capitalˈkæp ɪ tl

    a place best known for a particular activity

    Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the U.S.

  5. capital(adjective)ˈkæp ɪ tl

    receiving the punishment of death

    a capital offense

  6. capitalˈkæp ɪ tl

    (of letter of alphabet) written in its large form

    Bangor starts with a capital B.


  1. capital(Noun)

    Already-produced durable goods available for use as a factor of production, such as steam shovels (equipment) and office buildings (structures).

    He does not have enough capital to start a business.

  2. capital(Noun)

    Money and wealth. The means to acquire goods and services, especially in a non-barter system.

  3. capital(Noun)

    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.

  4. capital(Noun)

    The most important city in the field specified.

  5. capital(Noun)

    An uppercase letter.

  6. capital(Noun)

    The uppermost part of a column.

  7. capital(Noun)

    Knowledge; awareness; proficiency.

    Interpreters need a good amount of cultural capital in order to function efficiently in the profession.

  8. capital(Adjective)

    of prime importance

  9. capital(Adjective)


    That is a capital idea!

  10. capital(Adjective)

    Involving punishment by death.

  11. capital(Adjective)


    One begins a sentence with a capital letter.

  12. Origin: From capitalis, in sense “head of cattle”, from caput (English cap). Use in trade and finance originated in Medieval economies when a common but expensive transaction involved trading heads of cattle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capital(noun)

    of or pertaining to the head

  2. Capital(noun)

    having reference to, or involving, the forfeiture of the head or life; affecting life; punishable with death; as, capital trials; capital punishment

  3. Capital(noun)

    first in importance; chief; principal

  4. Capital(noun)

    chief, in a political sense, as being the seat of the general government of a state or nation; as, Washington and Paris are capital cities

  5. Capital(noun)

    of first rate quality; excellent; as, a capital speech or song

  6. Capital(noun)

    the head or uppermost member of a column, pilaster, etc. It consists generally of three parts, abacus, bell (or vase), and necking. See these terms, and Column

  7. Capital(noun)

    the seat of government; the chief city or town in a country; a metropolis

  8. Capital(noun)

    money, property, or stock employed in trade, manufactures, etc.; the sum invested or lent, as distinguished from the income or interest. See Capital stock, under Capital, a

  9. Capital(adj)

    that portion of the produce of industry, which may be directly employed either to support human beings or to assist in production

  10. Capital(adj)

    anything which can be used to increase one's power or influence

  11. Capital(adj)

    an imaginary line dividing a bastion, ravelin, or other work, into two equal parts

  12. Capital(adj)

    a chapter, or section, of a book

  13. Capital(adj)

    see Capital letter, under Capital, a

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capital' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #734

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capital' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1253

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capital' in Nouns Frequency: #309

Translations for capital

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involving punishment by death

a capital offence.

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