capital letter

capital letter
noun
one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis
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printers once kept the type for capitals and for small letters in separate cases; capitals were kept in the upper half of the type case and so became known as upper-case letters

Ant: ↑lowercase (for: ↑uppercase)
Derivationally related forms: ↑majuscular (for: ↑majuscule), ↑capital (for: ↑capital), ↑capitalize (for: ↑capital), ↑capitalise (for: ↑capital)
Hypernyms: ↑character, ↑grapheme, ↑graphic symbol
Hyponyms: ↑small capital, ↑small cap

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a letter of the alphabet that usually differs from its corresponding lowercase letter in form and height, as A, B, Q, and R as distinguished from a, b, q, and r: used as the initial letter of a proper name, the first word of a sentence, etc. Also called capital.

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capital letter UK US
See:capital 1 2

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capital letter,
the large form of a letter; A, B, C, D, and so on, as distinguished from a, c, d, and so on; capital. Abbr: cap.

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ˌcapital ˈletter 7 [capital letter] noun
= capital (5)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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См. также в других словарях:

  • Capital letter — Capital Cap i*tal, a. [F. capital, L. capitalis capital (in senses 1 & 2), fr. caput head. See {Chief}, and cf. {Capital}, n.] 1. Of or pertaining to the head. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Needs must the Serpent now his capital bruise Expect with mortal …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • capital letter — n. the form of an alphabetical letter used to begin a sentence or proper name [A, B, C, etc. are capital letters] …   English World dictionary

  • capital letter — late 14c.; see CAPITAL (Cf. capital). So called because it is at the head of a sentence or word …   Etymology dictionary

  • capital letter — see CAPITAL1 2 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • capital letter — Capital, large letter …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • capital letter — capital letters N COUNT Capital letters are the same as capitals …   English dictionary

  • Capital letter — NOTOC Capital letters or majuscules [IPA pronunciation: /məˈdʒʌskyuls, ˈmædʒəˌskyuls/] , in the Roman alphabet A , B , C , D , etc., may also be called capitals, or caps. Upper case, upper case, or uppercase is also often used in this context as… …   Wikipedia

  • capital letter — noun Letters A, B, C, ... (as opposed to a, b, c, ...) Syn: big letter, capital, upper case letter, uppercase letter Ant: lower case letter, lowercase letter, small letter …   Wiktionary

  • capital letter — a letter of the alphabet that usually differs from its corresponding lowercase letter in form and height, as A, B, Q, and R as distinguished from a, b, q, and r: used as the initial letter of a proper name, the first word of a sentence, etc. Also …   Universalium

  • capital letter —    In typography, uppercase letters (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, etc.) In c. 114 CE, an inscription was chiseled into the base of a column in Trajan s Forum, Rome. That inscription had most of the capital letters known today. Until the sixth century …   Glossary of Art Terms


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