Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A building or complex of buildings in which a state legislature meets.
  • n. The building in Washington, D.C., where the Congress of the United States meets. See Usage Note at capital1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Temple of Jupiter in Rome.
  • n. The building in Washington, D.C., where the Congress of the United States meets.
  • n. A building or complex of buildings in which any legislature meets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The temple of Jupiter, at Rome, on the Mona Capitolinus, where the Senate met.
  • The edifice at Washington occupied by the Congress of the United States; also, the building in which the legislature of a State holds its sessions; a statehouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Rome, and in Roman cities and colonies, the precinct and temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, the protector of the city.
  • n. In the United States, the edifice occupied by Congress at Washington; also, in the separate States, the state-house, or house in which the legislature holds its sessions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meet
  • n. a building occupied by a state legislature

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English Capitol, Jupiter's temple in Rome, from Old French capitole, from Latin Capitōlium, after Capitōlīnus, Capitoline, the hill on which Jupiter's temple stood; perhaps akin to caput, capit-, head; see capital1.

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From Latin capitōlium

Examples

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  • Cf. statehouse.

    September 12, 2011

  • Capitol (think of the shape of a dome) is a building, and it's capitalized if it's specific. Capital is a city, money or uppercase letter.

    September 12, 2011