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1. A building or complex of buildings in which a state legislature meets.
2. Capitol The building in Washington, DC, where the Congress of the United States meets. See Usage Note at capital1.

[Middle English Capitol, Jupiter's temple in Rome, from Old French capitole, from Latin Capitōlium, after Capitōlīnus, Capitoline, the hill on which Jupiter's temple stood; perhaps akin to caput, capit-, head; see capital1.]


1. (Placename)
a. another name for the Capitoline
b. the temple on the Capitoline
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the Capitol the main building of the US Congress
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes not capital) Also called: statehouse (in the US) the building housing any state legislature
[C14: from Latin Capitōlium, from caput head]


(ˈkæp ɪ tl)

1. the building in Washington, D.C., in which the U.S. Congress holds its sessions.
2. (often l.c.) a building occupied by a state legislature.
3. the ancient temple of Jupiter at Rome, on the Capitoline.
4. the Capitoline.
[1690–1700, Amer.; < Latin capitōlium temple of Jupiter on Capitoline hill, Rome <caput head]


The triple religious shrine on Rome’s Capitoline Hill.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.capitol - a building occupied by a state legislature
government building - a building that houses a branch of government
2.Capitol - the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meetCapitol - the government building in Washington where the United States Senate and the House of Representatives meet
American capital, capital of the United States, Washington, Washington D.C. - the capital of the United States in the District of Columbia and a tourist mecca; George Washington commissioned Charles L'Enfant to lay out the city in 1791
Yhdysvaltain kongressitalo


[ˈkæpɪtɒl] N (US) → Capitolio m
El Capitolio (Capitol) es el edificio en el que se reúne el Congreso de los Estados Unidos (Congress), situado en la ciudad de Washington. Al estar situado en la colina llamada Capitol Hill, también se suele hacer referencia a él con ese nombre en los medios de comunicación.
Por otra parte a menudo se llama Capitol, por extensión, al edificio en el que tienen lugar las sesiones parlamentarias de la cámara de representantes de muchos estados.


[ˈkæpɪtəl] n
the Capitol → le Capitole


nKapitol nt


[ˈkæpɪtəl] n the Capitolil Campidoglio
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A STATE Official carrying off the Dome of the Capitol met the Ghost of his predecessor, who had come out of his political grave to warn him that God saw him.
This beautiful capitol, like every capitol since the dawn of civilization, is often a place of intrigue and calculation.
Let us give this capitol back to the people to whom it belongs.
I knew it was just about the length of the capitol at Washington--say seven hundred and thirty feet.
Its height and size would represent two of the Washington capitol set one on top of the other--if the capitol were wider; or two blocks or two blocks and a half of ordinary buildings set one on top of the other.
We saw the Dying Gladiator at the Capitol, and I think that even we appreciated that wonder of art; as much, perhaps, as we did that fearful story wrought in marble, in the Vatican--the Laocoon.
The advice of the fourth was that the columns of the capitol be rubbed with oil of dog by a person having a moustache on the calf of his leg.
We reached Washington at about half-past six that evening, and had upon the way a beautiful view of the Capitol, which is a fine building of the Corinthian order, placed upon a noble and commanding eminence.
It is sometimes called the City of Magnificent Distances, but it might with greater propriety be termed the City of Magnificent Intentions; for it is only on taking a bird's-eye view of it from the top of the Capitol, that one can at all comprehend the vast designs of its projector, an aspiring Frenchman.
The principal features of the Capitol, are, of course, the two houses of Assembly.
Steuben would pay her visit first--it was probably only a question of leaving cards--and bring her young friend to the Capitol at the hour when the yellow afternoon light would give a tone to the blankness of its marble walls.
They walked about, afterwards on the splendid terrace that surrounds the Capitol, the great marble floor on which it stands, and made vague remarks--Pandora's were the most definite--about the yellow sheen of the Potomac, the hazy hills of Virginia, the far-gleaming pediment of Arlington, the raw confused- looking country.