Definition of capital territory in US English:

capital territory


  • A territory containing the capital city of a country, in Australia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and elsewhere.

    • ‘The country's administration is divided into the capital territory (the seat of government), the adjoining Kombo Saint Mary area, and the provinces.’
    • ‘Each of the thirty-six states of the federation is represented equally in the Senate by three elected senators; the federal capital territory of Abuja has one elected senator.’
    • ‘With more than 20 million votes counted in 21 of Nigeria's 36 states and the federal capital territory, Obasanjo had 66% of the votes compared with 27% for Muhammadu Buhari, a former ally.’
    • ‘After the site was chosen for the capital territory in 1909, an international competition to plan the city was won by a Georgist, Walter Burley Griffin of Chicago, for whom Canberra's central lake is named.’
    • ‘Teachers have now been fighting for 18 months to get the capital territory's Labor government to agree to their demand for pay equality.’