December 21, 2018
capitol (noun)
\KAP-uh-tul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : the building in which a state legislature meets2 capitalized : the building in which the U.S. Congress meets in Washington, D.C.
How do you use it?
The bronze sculpture on top of the dome of the U.S. Capitol measures 19 feet 6 inches tall, weighs approximately 15,000 pounds, and is called the Statue of Freedom.
Are you a word wiz?

Which language do you think "capitol" comes from?

"Capitol" refers to buildings, and we find a building at the word's root. "Capitol" stems from the Latin word "Capitolium," which was a temple on the Capitoline hill in the ancient city of Rome. The word "capitol" is sometimes confused with the word "capital." "Capital" is used for a number of things—letters, money, and cities, to name a few. But "capitol" always refers to buildings. To keep the meanings of the two words straight, try to remember that the building related word "capitol" has an "o" in it, and so does "Rome," where the "Capitolium," a building, was located.
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