[ kap-yoo-chin, -shin ]
/ ˈkæp yʊ tʃɪn, -ʃɪn /
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a Central and South American monkey, Cebus capucinus, having a prehensile tail and hair on the head resembling a cowl.
any monkey of the genus Cebus.
a hooded cloak for women.
(initial capital letter)Also called Friar Minor Capuchin. Roman Catholic Church. a friar belonging to the branch of the Franciscan order that observes vows of poverty and austerity.Compare Friar Minor, Friar Minor Conventual.
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Also called ringtail monkey (for defs. 1, 2).

Origin of capuchin

1590–1600; <Middle French <Italian cappuccino, equivalent to cappucc(io) capuche + -ino-ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for capuchin (1 of 2)

/ (ˈkæpjʊtʃɪn, -ʃɪn) /

any agile intelligent New World monkey of the genus Cebus, inhabiting forests in South America, typically having a cowl of thick hair on the top of the head
a woman's hooded cloak
(sometimes capital) a rare variety of domestic fancy pigeon

Word Origin for capuchin

C16: from French, from Italian cappuccino, from cappuccio hood; see capuche

British Dictionary definitions for capuchin (2 of 2)

/ (ˈkæpjʊtʃɪn, ˈkæpjʊʃɪn) /

  1. a friar belonging to a strict and autonomous branch of the Franciscan order founded in 1525
  2. (as modifier)a Capuchin friar

Word Origin for Capuchin

C16: from French; see capuche
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