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noun capital pronunciation in British English /ˈkæpɪt(ə)l/ 
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  1. 1

    capital

    or

    capital city

    [countable] the city where a country or region has its government

    Madrid is the capital of Spain.

    state/regional/provincial capital:

    Tallahassee is the state capital of Florida.

    1. a.
      the most important place for an activity or industry

      Milan, Italy's fashion capital

      capital of:

      Officials will fly to Houston, capital of the American oil industry.

  2. 2

    capital

    or

    capital letter

    [countable] the large form of a letter, for example 'A' or 'B', that you use at the beginning of a sentence or name
    in capitals:

    He wrote the title in capitals.

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