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kepi

[key-pee, kep-ee]
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noun, plural kep·is.
  1. a French military cap with a flat circular top and a nearly horizontal visor.
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Origin of kepi

1860–65; < French képi < Swiss German Käppi (Kapp(e) cap1 + -i diminutive suffix)
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Examples from the Web for kepi

Historical Examples

  • And he dropped the gold coins into the kepi that Jean held out to him.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Everywhere, thanks to the prince's kepi, they were received with open arms.

    Tartarin de Tarascon

    Alphonse Daudet

  • The officer touched his "kepi" politely and seemed rather astonished.

  • But he had a "kepi," and shining buttons, and some gold lace on his collar.

    The Son of a Servant

    August Strindberg

  • He waved his kepi several times that they might see him better.


British Dictionary definitions for kepi

kepi

noun plural kepis
  1. a military cap with a circular top and a horizontal peak
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Word Origin

C19: from French képi, from German (Swiss dialect) käppi a little cap, from kappe cap
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Word Origin and History for kepi

n.

soldier's peaked cap, 1861, from French képi, from German Swiss käppi, diminutive of German Kappe "a cap," from Late Latin cappa "hood, cap" (see cap).

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