small capital



a capital letter of a particular font, the same height as the x-high letters.

Origin of small capital

First recorded in 1760–70
Also called small cap. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for small capital

Historical Examples of small capital

  • In No. 28 the first four words are in small-capital letters, the first word of the sentence beginning, of course, with a capital.

    Why We Punctuate

    William Livingston Klein

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
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