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cape1

[keyp]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. the capa of a bullfighter.
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verb (used with object), caped, cap·ing.
  1. (of a matador or capeador during a bullfight) to induce and guide the charge of (a bull) by flourishing a capa.
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Origin of cape1

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

cape2

[keyp]
noun
  1. a piece of land jutting into the sea or some other large body of water.
  2. the Cape.
    1. Northeastern U.S.Cape Cod.
    2. Cape of Good Hope.
  3. capeskin.
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verb (used without object), caped, cap·ing.
  1. Nautical. (of a ship) to have good steering qualities.
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adjective
  1. (initial capital letter) pertaining to the Cape of Good Hope or to South Africa: a Cape diamond.
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Origin of cape2

1350–1400; Middle English cap < Middle French < Old Provençal < Vulgar Latin *capum for Latin caput head
Can be confusedcape peninsula promontory

Synonyms

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Examples from the Web for caped

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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

    Willa Cather

  • A three-year-old, in a caped white coat, made every one laugh by her independent investigations of arches and doorway.

    Saturday's Child

    Kathleen Norris


British Dictionary definitions for caped

cape1

noun
  1. a sleeveless garment like a cloak but usually shorter
  2. a strip of material attached to a coat or other garment so as to fall freely, usually from the shoulders
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Word Origin

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

cape2

noun
  1. a headland or promontory
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Word Origin

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

Cape

noun the Cape
  1. the SW region of South Africa, in Western Cape province
  2. See Cape of Good Hope
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Word Origin and History for caped

cape

n.1

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.

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cape

n.2

"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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

caped in Science

cape

[kāp]
  1. A point or head of land projecting into a body of water.
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