Capitol

[ kap-i-tl ]
/ ˈkæp ɪ tl /

noun

the building in Washington, D.C., used by the Congress of the U.S. for its sessions.
(often lowercase) a building occupied by a state legislature.
the ancient temple of Jupiter at Rome, on the Capitoline.
the Capitoline.

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Origin of Capitol

1690–1700, Americanism; < Latin capitōlium temple of Jupiter on Capitoline hill, Rome, taken to be a derivative of caput head; replacing Middle English capitolie < Old North French

usage note for Capitol

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH Capitol

capital Capitol (see usage note at capital1)
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British Dictionary definitions for capitol

Capitol
/ (ˈkæpɪtəl) /

noun

  1. another name for the Capitoline
  2. the temple on the Capitoline
the Capitol the main building of the US Congress
Also called: statehouse (sometimes not capital) (in the US) the building housing any state legislature

Word Origin for Capitol

C14: from Latin Capitōlium, from caput head
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