- a sleeveless garment of various lengths, fastened around the neck and falling loosely from the shoulders, worn separately or attached to a coat or other outer garment.
- the capa of a bullfighter.
- (of a matador or capeador during a bullfight) to induce and guide the charge of (a bull) by flourishing a capa.
Origin of cape1
- Nautical. (of a ship) to have good steering qualities.
- (initial capital letter) pertaining to the Cape of Good Hope or to South Africa: a Cape diamond.
Origin of cape2
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Examples from the Web for cape
He has underpinned his future program by winning from NASA a 20-year lease on the legendary launch pad 39A at Cape Canaveral.
Following a flawless journey from Cape Canaveral in Florida, it delivered more than two tons of much-needed supplies.
There are a lot more scenes of the entire Avengers gang together—both in and out of the cape, so to speak.Jeremy Renner Opens Up About Marriage, His Problems with the Media, and the Future of Hawk-Eye
September 29, 2014
The difference was clear to Sonia Little, who came from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to attend both climate marches.Occupy Climate Change! Hundreds Blame Capitalism at Flood Wall Street Rally
September 22, 2014
Your first big splash was in Cape Fear, and that auditorium scene between you and De Niro is beyond creepy to this day.Juliette Lewis on Hollywood, Why the MSM Hates Scientology, and Masturbating to George Clooney
September 19, 2014
We camped near the sea, a few miles to the westward of Cape Pasley.Explorations in Australia
Of course you are familiar with the peculiar conformation of Cape Cod.
Mrs. Roberts recognized the bonnet and cape with a smile of satisfaction.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
It was Cape Clear, and we were heading for it as straight as we could go.
On this occasion we beat round the cape, under top-gallant-sails.
- a sleeveless garment like a cloak but usually shorter
- a strip of material attached to a coat or other garment so as to fall freely, usually from the shoulders
- a headland or promontory
- the SW region of South Africa, in Western Cape province
- See Cape of Good Hope
Word Origin and History for cape
garment, late Old English capa, cæppe, from Late Latin cappa "hooded cloak" (see cap (n.)). The modern word and meaning ("sleeveless cloak") are a mid-16c. reborrowing from French cape, from Spanish, in reference to a Spanish style.
"promontory," late 14c., from Middle French cap "cape; head," from Latin caput "headland, head" (see capitulum). The Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa has been the Cape since 1660s. Sailors called low cloud banks that could be mistaken for landforms on the horizon Cape fly-away (1769).
- A point or head of land projecting into a body of water.