- a cockerel castrated to improve the flesh for use as food.
Origin of capon
Related Words for caponchicken, goose, pheasant, hen, rodent, hare, bunny, poultry, turkey, game, duck, chick, cock, bird, capon, rooster, buck, cony, doe, cuniculus
Examples from the Web for capon
Historical Examples of capon
Its plumage is a whitish grey; and it is about the size of a capon.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
How the capon was “invented” is told in a note on the subject.
Escanes wants a cook who can fry a capon in a special way they wot of in Gaul."Unto Caesar"
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
He talked of peppering his people as I would talk of peppering a capon.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
Mr Capon and Mr Contract, at their own request, went as passengers.The King's Own
Captain Frederick Marryat
- a castrated cock fowl fattened for eating
Word Origin for capon
"a castrated cock," late Old English capun, from Latin caponem (nominative capo) "castrated cock" (also source of French chapon, Spanish capon, Italian cappone), perhaps literally "to strike off," from PIE root *(s)kep- "to cut" (see hatchet (n.)). Probably reinforced in Middle English by cognate Old North French capon.