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capital letter

n.
A letter written or printed in a size larger than and often in a form differing from its corresponding lowercase letter; an uppercase letter.

cap′ital let′ter


n.
a letter of the alphabet that usu. differs from its corresponding lowercase letter in form and height, as A, B, Q, and R as distinguished from a, b, q, and r.
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Noun1.capital letter - one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasiscapital letter - one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis; "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"
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
small capital, small cap - a character having the form of an upper-case letter but the same height as lower-case letters
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It was a capital letter, not a printed one, but just such a letter as any clerk in Messrs.
Darcy we seem to have known, yet cannot have enough of, rejoiced to catch sight of her capital letter on the page, as we read on.
In German, all the Nouns begin with a capital letter. Now that is a good idea; and a good idea, in this language, is necessarily conspicuous from its lonesomeness.
It must be explained here that my cabin had the form of the capital letter L, the door being within the angle and opening into the short part of the letter.
Without answering, without the slightest change in look or manner, Clara took the newspaper from the ground, and read the top line in the column, printed in capital letters:
Across the paper was scrawled in pencil, without capital letters, misspelled, and without punctuation: "Unsoundly constructed because resembles an imitation of the French military code and from the Articles of War needlessly deviating."
The other nine species (marked by capital letters) of our original genus, may for a long period continue transmitting unaltered descendants; and this is shown in the diagram by the dotted lines not prolonged far upwards from want of space.
He invented what he called a "little language," using all sorts of quaint and babyish words and strange strings of capital letters, M.
Suddenly, Dom Claude sprang up, seized a compass and engraved in silence upon the wall in capital letters, this Greek word
These people, though they seem young enough, look so angular and so crude that they remind him of the little pictures painted by monks in the capital letters of their manuscripts.
The hidden court looked down at Lady Lundie, and saw--Duty advertising itself in the largest capital letters.
They abounded in personifications of abstract qualities and ideas ('Laughter, heavenly maid,' Honor, Glory, Sorrow, and so on, with prominent capital letters), a sort of a pseudo-classical substitute for emotion.