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small capital

a capital letter of a particular font, the same height as the x-high letters.
Also called small cap.
Origin of small capital
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A traveller who was thus provided would always have a small capital to fall back upon, though robbed of everything he wore.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • It promised well, but I soon came to the end of my small capital.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • The arrangement whereby Henderson consigned cars to him enabled him to concentrate all his small capital on a sales campaign.

    Burned Bridges Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Are you the one that advertised for a man with a small capital?

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • Then come the big hydraulic companies, reaching benches and levels that men with small capital could not attain.

  • The small capital is only as high as the lower-case round letters.

    Capitals Frederick W. Hamilton
  • They are bought by small people, and generally remain in the hands of persons of small capital.

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
  • The small capital is not used in combination with lower-case in the same word.

    Capitals Frederick W. Hamilton
  • For success in the various branches of his business, the newsvender wants a good connexion and a small capital.

  • It is amazing how dignified some people can get on a small capital.

British Dictionary definitions for small capital

small capital

a letter having the form of an upper-case letter but the same height as a lower-case letter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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