1. any of several birds having the top of the head black, as the chickadee and certain warblers, especially the Old World blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla.
  2. the black raspberry plant or fruit.

Origin of blackcap

First recorded in 1650–60; black + cap1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for blackcap

Historical Examples of blackcap

  • A blackcap stared at me and fled; its triple note was repeated from bush to bush.

    A Tramp's Notebook

    Morley Roberts

  • The blackcap has neither the fulness nor the force, but it has all and more of the former's purity.

  • He pointed out the woodlark and the blackcap to me, and told me where he had seen and heard them.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs

  • The blackcap warbler I found to be a rare and much overpraised bird.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs

  • Then Morgiana brushed the blackcap from her shoulder, and ran and put her arms about Mary.

    God Wills It!

    William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for blackcap


  1. a brownish-grey Old World warbler, Sylvia atricapilla, the male of which has a black crown
  2. any of various similar birds, such as the black-capped chickadee (Parus atricapillus)
  3. US a popular name for raspberry (def. 3)
  4. British (formerly) the cap worn by a judge when passing a death sentence
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