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cape1

Syllabification: cape
Pronunciation: /kāp
 
/

noun

1A sleeveless cloak, typically a short one.
Example sentences
  • He wears a grey t-shirt underneath a plaid flannel shirt and short grey cape, jeans, runners, and a plain black mask.
  • His short cape blew along with the night wind, dancing to its melody as it sang through the desert.
  • Nutty knitwear - woollen boots, sparkly, spartan leg warmers, bizarre capes and frocks combined to create a blindingly colourful but incomprehensible collection.
Synonyms
cloak, mantle, cope, wrap, stole, poncho, shawl, tippet, capelet
historical pelisse, mantelet
1.1A part of a longer coat or cloak that falls loosely over the shoulders from the neckband.
Example sentences
  • Cover clothing with the shoulder capes or take a cotton sheet and drape it over the clothing for the season to avoid dust and fading.
1.2North American The pelt from the head and neck of an animal, for preparation as a hunting trophy.

verb

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Skin the head and neck of (an animal) to prepare a hunting trophy.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, from Provençal capa, from late Latin cappa 'covering for the head'.

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  • cap from (Old English):

    We get our word cap from Latin cappa ‘hood’, which may be related to Latin caput ‘head’. Cape (late 16th century), ‘a cloak’, also come from cappa, while the geographical cape (Late Middle English) goes back to caput. The same source gives us chaperone (Late Middle English) first recorded as a hood. A person providing protection or cover by accompanying another, dates from the early 18th century. The saying if the cap fits, wear it goes back to a dunce's cap, of the kind that poor performers at school had to wear as a mark of disgrace. Americans use the version if the shoe fits, wear it. See also chapel

Derivatives

caped

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • After playing the caped hero in two sequels, he knew there was a danger of becoming typecast.
  • Painted to the right was what was left of a faded image of a caped woman with blonde hair, holding a bow.
  • The caped figure removed the hood and turned around to face her.

Words that rhyme with cape

agape, ape, chape, crape, crêpe, drape, escape, gape, grape, jape, misshape, nape, rape, scrape, shape, tape

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Syllabification: cape
Pronunciation: /kāp
 
/

noun

1A headland or promontory.
Example sentences
  • ‘And this,’ he said, with a sweep of his arm that took in the stark capes and headlands, the fleets of islands and the sea around us, ‘this was my school room.’
  • For the same reasons sanctuaries were sited at the tip of capes or peninsulas or on an island close to the mainland.
  • Without wasting a moment we head for the last cape of the Peninsula de Paria, with the help of a GPS that they inexplicably left behind.
Synonyms
1.1 (the Cape) Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Example sentences
  • In a small remote location on the cape of Massachusetts, an underground lab was in use.
1.2 (the Cape) The Cape of Good Hope.
1.3 (the Cape) The former Cape Province of South Africa.
2 (Cape) short for Cape Cod (the style of house).

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French cap, from Provençal, based on Latin caput 'head'.

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  • cap from (Old English):

    We get our word cap from Latin cappa ‘hood’, which may be related to Latin caput ‘head’. Cape (late 16th century), ‘a cloak’, also come from cappa, while the geographical cape (Late Middle English) goes back to caput. The same source gives us chaperone (Late Middle English) first recorded as a hood. A person providing protection or cover by accompanying another, dates from the early 18th century. The saying if the cap fits, wear it goes back to a dunce's cap, of the kind that poor performers at school had to wear as a mark of disgrace. Americans use the version if the shoe fits, wear it. See also chapel

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