There are 2 definitions of capo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkapəʊ
 
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(also capo tasto)

noun (plural capos)

  • A clamp fastened across all the strings of a fretted musical instrument to raise their tuning by a chosen amount.
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    • Tuners, capos, pics, guitar straps and a set of extra strings are all handy toys.
    • It can be silly things, like we'll use a capo and drop D, tune the string down to make a chord, rather than just play the chord normally.
    • With Tielli if he screws up, he stops, laughs and starts again - as he did when he forgot his capo and had to borrow one from Wayne Omaha guitarist-vocalist Matt James.

Origin

late 19th century: from Italian capo tasto, literally 'head stop'.

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There are 2 definitions of capo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkapəʊ
 
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noun (plural capos)

chiefly North American
  • The head of a crime syndicate, especially the Mafia, or a branch of one: the Sicilian capo claims he controls most of the world’s heroin trade
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    • In Queens, New York, two weeks of digging an alleged mafia bone yard has led to two capos of the Bonanno crime family.
    • Or because we tend to think of the politicians and the presidency as occupying a parallel world - Mafia dons and capos dispatching one another in a turf war.
    • It was the prosecution of a Gambino crime family capo and his crew for narcotics trafficking, murder, racketeering, jury tampering and other charges.

Origin

1950s: from Italian, from Latin caput 'head'.

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