- assets remaining after deduction of liabilities; the net worth of a business.
- the ownership interest in a business.
Origin of capital1
SYNONYMS FOR capital
Related formscap·i·tal·ness, noun
Can be confusedcapital Capitol (see usage note at the current entry)
Definition for capital (2 of 2)
Origin of capital2
Examples from the Web for capital
Gunshots rang out in Paris this morning on a second day of deadly violence that has stunned the French capital.
The mistletoe must have been hanging right across the aisle on Capital Hill.
The second major split between the capital and the court occurred over oral care.
And the capital city is a veritable utopia of acceptance and integration.
One of his projects resulted in a new road from Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, to the monuments at Meroe.
The capital of the kingdom of Lilliput appeared to be partially surrounded by a vast and melancholy campagna of turnips.The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6|E. Rameur
It placed a little capital at his disposal, and capital is the one thing needed to make a fair start in anything in this country.Rogues and Vagabonds|George R. Sims
Crossing the square where the Tacon theatre and circus stand, I wander through the narrow, ill-paved streets of the Cuban capital.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba|Walter Goodman
You made some capital shots, though, and if I hadn't been so lucky, you would have come out the victor in every game.Making His Way|Horatio Alger, Jr.
On each leaf stood a row of capital letters, every one having a small letter by its side.Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales|Hans Christian Andersen
British Dictionary definitions for capital (1 of 2)
- the seat of government of a country or other political unit
- (as modifier)a capital city
- the ownership interests of a business as represented by the excess of assets over liabilities
- the nominal value of the authorized or issued shares
- (as modifier)capital issues
- a capital letterAbbreviation: cap., cap
- (as modifier)capital B
Word Origin for capital
British Dictionary definitions for capital (2 of 2)
Word Origin for capital
Culture definitions for capital (1 of 2)
In architecture, the top portion of a column.
Culture definitions for capital (2 of 2)
Money used to finance the purchase of the means of production, such as machines, or the machines themselves.
Idioms and Phrases with capital
see make capital out of.