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[key-pee, kep-ee] /ˈkeɪ pi, ˈkɛp i/
noun, plural kepis.
a French military cap with a flat circular top and a nearly horizontal visor.
Origin of kepi
Swiss German
1860-65; < French képi < Swiss German Käppi (Kapp(e) cap1 + -i diminutive suffix) Unabridged
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noun (pl) kepis
a military cap with a circular top and a horizontal peak
Word Origin
C19: from French képi, from German (Swiss dialect) käppi a little cap, from kappecap
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Word Origin and History for kepi

soldier's peaked cap, 1861, from French képi, from German Swiss käppi, diminutive of German Kappe "a cap," from Late Latin cappa "hood, cap" (see cap).

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