a capital letter of a particular font, the same height as the x-high letters.
Capital vs. CapitolCapital and capitol are both commonly used in political contexts and are separated by just one letter, making them frustratingly easy to confuse. When it comes to these two terms, it’s important to note that one has a number of meanings while the other refers to a certain type of building. Capital has many definitions. It can mean “the wealth owned or employed in business …
Origin of small capital
First recorded in 1760–70
Also called small cap.
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Examples from the Web for 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
a letter having the form of an upper-case letter but the same height as a lower-case letter
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