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.
- Also called capotasto.
Other definitions for capo (2 of 2)
the chief of a branch of the Mafia.
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How to use capo in a sentence
Her father was reputedly a capo in the Bonanno crime family.'Mob Wives’ Courtroom Drama Exposes Rat, But Protects Jury | Michael Daly | March 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Reprinted courtesy of Da capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah | Patrick Robinson | November 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Treviño Morales had washed the cars of a drug capo known as El Caris.
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 | Michael Daly | June 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Daniel Gross | November 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Miaulis has blown up his fleet rather than obey capo d'Istria.Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino v.1/3, 1831-1835 | Dorothy Duchesse de Dino
"Of Guy—the founder—and of the Crusades; it is a tale a maid may hear," the capo responded grimly.
"The time of a Venetian is his best gift to the State," the capo made answer icily.
There was a pause during which the unwilling Secretary felt the eyes of the capo upon him, forcing him to lift his own.
Whoever the capo maestra that Rizzi worked for, he was not only a deep-dyed villain, but a brainy one.Courts and Criminals | Arthur Train
British Dictionary definitions for capo (1 of 2)
a device fitted across all the strings of a guitar, banjo, etc, so as to raise the pitch of each string simultaneously: Also called: capo tasto (ˈkæpəʊ ˈtæstəʊ) Compare barré
British Dictionary definitions for capo (2 of 2)
the presumed title of a Mafia leader
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