[ key-pon, -puh n ]
/ ˈkeɪ pɒn, -pən /


a cockerel castrated to improve the flesh for use as food.

Nearby words

  1. caplet,
  2. caplin,
  3. capnomancy,
  4. capo,
  5. capoeira,
  6. caponata,
  7. capone,
  8. capone, al,
  9. caponette,
  10. caponize

Origin of capon

before 1000; Middle English; Old English capun < Latin capōn- (stem of capō) castrated cock; akin to Greek kóptein to cut, OCS skopiti to castrate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for capon


/ (ˈkeɪpən) /


a castrated cock fowl fattened for eating

Word Origin for capon

Old English capun, from Latin cāpō capon; related to Greek koptein to cut off

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Word Origin and History 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.

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