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.
Always Use a Capital for CapitolThe word Capitol is a proper noun (i.e., the name of something). Therefore, it should always be written with a capital C.
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