Definition of capon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪp(ə)n/


A castrated domestic cock fattened for eating.
Example sentences
  • We use the term broiler production to capture the Census of Agriculture category which includes ‘broilers, fryers, and other chickens raised for meat production, including capons and roasters’.
  • C. Anne Wilson quotes an ordinance of Richard II in 1378 for prices charged by cooks and pie bakers, including those for capons and hens baked in pasties.
  • Although some references explain its etymology as being from old French hutaudeau, meaning a pullet (a young hen), the derivation was in fact hétoudeau or hétourdeau which was a capon (a fattened cock fowl).



Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪp(ə)nʌɪz/
(also caponise) verb
Example sentences
  • Daddy was a real, live soldier, a trained 82nd Airborne killing machine who could coolly cut a throat or methodically caponize a chicken in the field.
  • Why would one caponize a rooster?
  • I will try valiantly to make the time to caponize another batch of cockerels this year, and will report on the results.


Late Old English: from Old French, based on Latin capo, capon-.

Words that rhyme with capon


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