- 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 caped
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He will throw upon your shoulders the caped cloak that I usually wear.
On the common oval walnut table lay a caped overcoat and a rain-soaked silk hat.The Sins of Sverac Bablon
Clasped at the height of her neck, a sort of caped red cloak floated in the breeze over her monastic garb.
Thea jumped up and ran into the hall, where Ottenburg stood smiling, his caped cloak open, his silk hat in his white-kid hand.Song of the Lark
A three-year-old, in a caped white coat, made every one laugh by her independent investigations of arches and doorway.Saturday's Child
- 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 caped
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.