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See also: Capitol and capítol


Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Washington D.C. building for U.S. Congress): Capitol (usually capitalized)


Borrowed from Anglo-Norman capitolie or capitoile, Middle French capitole, and Latin Capitōlium (the Temple of Jupiter in Rome, the Capitoline Hill), probably from caput (head).[1] As a French magistrate, via French capitoul.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkæp.ɪ.təl/
  • Hyphenation: cap‧i‧tol
  • Homophone: capital


capitol (plural capitols)

  1. (historical) Alternative form of Capitol, the temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill in Ancient Rome.
  2. Any building or complex of buildings in which a legislature meets.
    The capitol building is located smack-dab in the middle of the state capital.
    • 1901 January 1, "Twentieth Century's Triumphant Entry", The New York Times, page 1:
      The centre of attraction was the City Hall. Two thousand flags and more ...; 2,000 electric lights... combined to make the civic capitol gorgeous... .
  3. (historical) Alternative form of capitoul, the former chief magistrates of Toulouse, France.

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  1. ^ capitol, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.




capitol n (plural capitole)

  1. chapter (section of a book)