Sense: 1, 3-4
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: CAPITAL2
Sense: 2,5
Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: Italian capitale, from Latin capitalis; CAPITAL2
Sense: 6
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old North French
Origin: capitel, from Late Latin capitellum, from Latin caput; CAPITAL2


1 noun
cap‧i‧tal1 S3 W1


[countable]PG an important city where the main government of a country, state etc is:
Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States


[singular, uncountable]BB money or property, especially when it is used to start a business or to produce more wealth:
The government is eager to attract foreign capital.
working capital, venture capital


[countable]SLA a letter of the alphabet written in its large form as it is, for example, at the beginning of someone's name [↪ lower case, upper case]

centre of activity

[countable] a place that is a centre for an industry, business, or other activity:
Hollywood is the capital of the movie industry.

make capital from/out of something

to use a situation or event to help you get an advantage


[countable] technical the top part of a column (=a long stone post used in some buildings)

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