The United States Capitol building.
The definition of a capitol is the building where a legislature meets.
An example of a capitol is the building where the U.S. Congress meets in Washington, D.C.
- the temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill in ancient Rome
- the building in which the U.S. Congress meets in Washington, D.C.
- [usuallyc-] the building in which a state legislature meets
Origin of CapitolMiddle English and Old French capitolie from Classical Latin Capitolium, temple of Jupiter in Rome; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps (but possibly related to caput, head)
- A building or complex of buildings in which a state legislature meets.
- Capitol The building in Washington, DC, where the Congress of the United States meets. See Usage Note at capital1.
Origin of capitolMiddle 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 capital 1.
From Latin capitōlium.