- 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.
Origin of capo1
- the chief of a branch of the Mafia.
Origin of capo2
Examples from the Web for capo
Her father was reputedly a capo in the Bonanno crime family.'Mob Wives’ Courtroom Drama Exposes Rat, But Protects Jury
March 12, 2014
Zerilli reportedly held the rank as capo, or captain, when he came out, though he is said by some to have served as underboss.Meet Tony Zerilli, the Mobster Behind This Jimmy Hoffa Dig
June 19, 2013
Today the target is hedge funds, and Steve Cohen is the capo di capo.Eliot Spitzer: Busting CEOs on Insider Trading Is the Tough Job
November 29, 2012
I suppose that it is called Capo delle Gatte in reference to these cats.Cyprus
Franz von Lher
He had been chief of the Quarantia; three times a capo of the Ten.
A Capo broke it in pieces and removed the ducal cap from his head.
The bulls' heads on the frieze gave it the popular name of Capo di Bove.Walks in Rome
Augustus J.C. Hare
The capo's authority was shaken in a paranza which was a paranza no longer."Persons Unknown"
- 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
- the presumed title of a Mafia leader
Word Origin and History for capo
"leader of a Mafia 'family,' " 1952, Italian, literally "head" (see head (n.)).
"pitch-altering device for a stringed instrument," 1946, short for capo tasto (1876), from Italian, literally "head stop" (see head (n.)).