cap-a-pie

or cap-à-pie

[ kap-uh-pee ]
/ ˌkæp əˈpi /
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adverb

from head to foot.

Nearby words

  1. cap rock,
  2. cap screw,
  3. cap sleeve,
  4. cap spinning,
  5. cap'n,
  6. cap-and-trade,
  7. cap-de-la-madeleine,
  8. cap-haitien,
  9. cap.,
  10. cap. moll.

Origin of cap-a-pie

1515–25; < Middle French de cap a pe from head to foot < Old Provençal < Latin dē capite ad pedem

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British Dictionary definitions for cap-a-pie

cap-a-pie

/ (ˌkæpəˈpiː) /

adverb

(dressed, armed, etc) from head to foot

Word Origin for cap-a-pie

C16: from Old French

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Word Origin and History for cap-a-pie

cap-a-pie

adj.

1520s, from Middle French cap-à-pie, literally "head to foot." The more usual French form is de pied en cap. The French words are from Latin caput "head" (see head (n.)) + pedem "foot" (see foot (n.)).

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