1. [syn: capital, capital letter, uppercase, upper-case letter, majuscule]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Capital \Cap"i*tal\, a. [F. capital, L. capitalis capital (in
senses 1 & 2), fr. caput head. See Chief, and cf.
1. Of or pertaining to the head. [Obs.]
Needs must the Serpent now his capital bruise
Expect with mortal pain. --Milton.
2. Having reference to, or involving, the forfeiture of the
head or life; affecting life; punishable with death; as,
capital trials; capital punishment.
Many crimes that are capital among us. --Swift.
To put to death a capital offender. --Milton.
3. First in importance; chief; principal.
A capital article in religion --Atterbury.
Whatever is capital and essential in Christianity.
4. 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. Of first rate quality; excellent; as, a capital speech or
Capital letter [F, lettre capitale] (Print.), a leading or
heading letter, used at the beginning of a sentence and as
the first letter of certain words, distinguished, for the
most part, both by different form and larger size, from
the small (lower-case) letters, which form the greater
part of common print or writing.
Small capital letters have the form of capital letters and
height of the body of the lower-case letters.
Capital stock, money, property, or stock invested in any
business, or the enterprise of any corporation or
Syn: Chief; leading; controlling; prominent.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: 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" [syn: capital, capital letter,
uppercase, upper-case letter, majuscule] [ant:
lower-case letter, lowercase, minuscule, small