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capital letter a letter of the alphabet written or printed larger than and in a somewhat different form from its lower-case equivalent and used to designate a proper noun or initiate a sentence.
proper name see proper noun.
proper noun a noun that is the name of a person, such as "Lincoln," or a thing, such as "Atlantic" or "IBM." Titles, such as "Mr.," are also considered proper nouns. Proper nouns are usually capitalized. (Cf. common noun.)