Capitol of a City or Capital of a City?


Hi guys, I thought I got my English sorted out till I came across these two words.


For the life of me, is it capital or capitol when you’re referring to a city? I looked it up but every one seems to be using these two words interchangeably. This cannot be right! Capital punishment, or capitol punishment? Capital of a city, or capitol of a city?


Thanks for your help guys, I appreciate it!

2 answers


The best place to look it up is in a dictionary, Mandy. That will clear it up for you. If "everyone" is using them interchangeably, then stop using those people as a source for reference.


Capital - a city or town that is the official government seat, a capital letter, or an accumulated stock of wealth.


Capitol - a building used by the Congress of the US or a state legislature.

link comment answered Aug 20 '13 at 16:03 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

I was taught to remember that 'capitol' and 'dome' both have an 'o', and most capitol buildings have a dome.

link comment answered Aug 20 '13 at 21:45 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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