cape

1
[ keyp ]
/ keɪp /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object), caped, cap·ing.

(of a matador or capeador during a bullfight) to induce and guide the charge of (a bull) by flourishing a capa.

Origin of cape

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1350–1400; Middle English (north); Old English -cāp (see cope2), reinforced in 16th century by Spanish capa < Late Latin cappa hooded cloak, cope2
Related formscaped, adjective

Definition for cape (2 of 2)

cape

2
[ keyp ]
/ keɪp /

noun

a piece of land jutting into the sea or some other large body of water.
the Cape.
  1. Northeastern U.S. Cape Cod.
  2. Cape of Good Hope.

verb (used without object), caped, cap·ing.

Nautical. (of a ship) to have good steering qualities.

adjective

(initial capital letter) pertaining to the Cape of Good Hope or to South Africa: a Cape diamond.

Origin of cape

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1350–1400; Middle English cap < Middle French < Old Provençal < Vulgar Latin *capum for Latin caput head
Can be confusedcape peninsula promontory
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British Dictionary definitions for cape (1 of 3)

cape

1
/ (keɪp) /

noun

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

Word Origin for cape

C16: from French, from Provençal capa, from Late Latin cappa; see cap

British Dictionary definitions for cape (2 of 3)

cape

2
/ (keɪp) /

noun

a headland or promontory

Word Origin for cape

C14: from Old French cap, from Old Provençal, from Latin caput head

British Dictionary definitions for cape (3 of 3)

Cape

/ (keɪp) /

noun the Cape

the SW region of South Africa, in Western Cape province
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Science definitions for cape

cape

[ kāp ]

A point or head of land projecting into a body of water.
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