[kap-er-uh l, kap-uh-ral]
- a variety of tobacco.
Origin of caporal1
1840–50; short for French tabac du caporal tobacco of the corporal2
- an overseer, especially of a cattle ranch.
Origin of caporal2
1590–1600; < Spanish: chief, manager < Italian; see corporal2
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Examples from the Web for caporal
And he took a caporal from the packet before him and slowly lit it.The White Lie
William Le Queux
He walked off with Freda, puffing at his thin roll of caporal.Villa Rubein and Other Stories
"Wait, mon Caporal; I have something to tell you," said Picpon quickly.
Ambrose lit a black Caporal cigarette—he had bought a packet on his way.The Secret Glory
"Purposely, mon Caporal," said Petit Picpon, with a sapient nod that spoke volumes.
- a strong coarse dark tobacco
C19: from French tabac du caporal corporal's tobacco, denoting its superiority to tabac du soldat soldier's tobacco