capital - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
noun 

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/ˈkæpɪt(ə)l/
singularcapital
pluralcapitals
  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 exampleA’ or ‘B’, that you use at the beginning of a sentence or name
    in capitals:

    He wrote the title in capitals.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] business money or property that you use to start a business or invest to earn more money
  4. 4
    [countable] in architecture, the decorated top part of a column (=tall stone post that supports a building)