Simple Definition of capitol
: the building in which the people who make the laws of a U.S. state meet
the Capitol : the building in which the U.S. Congress meets in Washington, D.C.
Full Definition of capitol
1 a : a building in which a state legislative body meets b : a group of buildings in which the functions of state government are carried out
2 capitalized : the building in which the United States Congress meets at Washington
Examples of capitol in a sentence
the dome of the state capitol
<the legislators were called to the capitol for an emergency session>
Origin and Etymology of capitol
Latin Capitolium, temple of Jupiter at Rome on the Capitoline hill
First Known Use: 1679
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Definition of capitol for Students
1 : the building in which a state legislature meets
2 cap : the building in Washington, D.C., in which the United States Congress meets
History for capitol
The word capitol is pronounced the same as capital, and the two words seem to have linked meanings: the building called the Capitol is located in our nation's capital. Curiously, their origins are quite different, though both come from Latin. Capital is from capitalis, which means literally “of the head” and in later Latin came to mean “chief” or “principal.” Capitol is from the Capitolium, a hill at the center of ancient Rome that held a fortress and an important temple to the god Jupiter.
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