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Topic: LETTERS AND PUNCTUATION

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Latin
Origin: capitalis, from caput 'head'

capital

2 adjective
     
capital2 S3 W3
1SLA a capital letter is one that is written or printed in its large form [↪ lower case, upper case]:
capital 'B'
2 relating to money that you use to start a business or to make more money:
capital investments
3

capital offence/crime

an offence that is punished by death
4

trouble with a capital T, fast with a capital F etc

informal used with any word in order to emphasize that you are talking about an extreme type of something
5 old-fashioned excellent
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