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[kuh-poht; French ka-pawt]
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noun, plural ca·potes [kuh-pohts; French ka-pawt] /kəˈpoʊts; French kaˈpɔt/.
  1. a long cloak with a hood.
  2. a close-fitting, caplike bonnet worn by women and children in the mid-Victorian period.
  3. a bullfighter's cape; capa.
  4. an adjustable top or hood of a vehicle, as a buggy.
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Also capot.

Origin of capote

1790–1800, Americanism; < French, equivalent to cape (< Spanish capa cape1) + -ote, feminine of -ot diminutive suffix


  1. Truman,1924–84, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and playwright.
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  1. a long cloak or soldier's coat, usually with a hood
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Word Origin

C19: from French: cloak, from cape; see cape 1


  1. Truman. 1924–84, US writer; his novels include Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948) and In Cold Blood (1964), based on an actual multiple murder
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Word Origin and History for capote


"long cloak with a hood," 1812, from French capote, fem. of capot (17c.), diminutive of cape (see cape (n.1)).

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