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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for small capital
Historical Examples
  • The small capital is only as high as the lower-case round letters.

    Capitals Frederick W. Hamilton
  • The small capital is not used in combination with lower-case in the same word.

    Capitals Frederick W. Hamilton
  • And then, your Excellency, a small capital means that the city will have to add its own money.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • I must say for myself that I had a mighty courage and no small capital of cheerfulness.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • It promised well, but I soon came to the end of my small capital.

    Tales of the Malayan Coast Rounsevelle Wildman
  • I've got the small capital, and it's gettin' smaller every day.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • Are you the one that advertised for a man with a small capital?

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • Well, I've got a small capital, and that's just the kind of business I want.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • She has been living on a small capital, and now has little left.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • 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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