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capo

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[ key-poh ]
/ ˈkeɪ poʊ /
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noun, plural ca·pos.
any of various devices for a guitar, lute, banjo, etc., that when clamped or screwed down across the strings at a given fret will raise each string a corresponding number of half tones.
the nut of a guitar, lute, banjo, etc.
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Also called capotasto.

Origin of capo

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1875–80; <Italian, shortening of capotastocapotasto

Other definitions for capo (2 of 2)

capo2
[ kah-poh, kap-oh ]
/ ˈkɑ poʊ, ˈkæp oʊ /

noun, plural ca·pos.
the chief of a branch of the Mafia.

Origin of capo

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1960–65; <Italian: head, leader <Vulgar Latin *capum for Latin caput;cf. chief
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British Dictionary definitions for capo (1 of 2)

capo1
/ (ˈkeɪpəʊ, ˈkæpəʊ) /

noun plural -pos
a device fitted across all the strings of a guitar, banjo, etc, so as to raise the pitch of each string simultaneouslyAlso called: capo tasto (ˈkæpəʊ ˈtæstəʊ) Compare barré

Word Origin for capo

from Italian capo tasto head stop

British Dictionary definitions for capo (2 of 2)

capo2
/ (ˈkæpəʊ, Italian ˈkapo) /

noun plural -pos
the presumed title of a Mafia leader

Word Origin for capo

Italian: head
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