1 [keyp]
a sleeveless garment of various lengths, fastened around the neck and falling loosely from the shoulders, worn separately or attached to a coat or other outer garment.
the capa of a bullfighter.
verb (used with object), caped, caping.
(of a matador or capeador during a bullfight) to induce and guide the charge of (a bull) by flourishing a capa.

1350–1400; Middle English (north); Old English -cāp (see cope2), reinforced in 16th century by Spanish capa < Late Latin cappa hooded cloak, cope2

caped, adjective Unabridged


2 [keyp]
a piece of land jutting into the sea or some other large body of water.
Northeastern U.S. Cape Cod.
verb (used without object), caped, caping.
Nautical. (of a ship) to have good steering qualities.
(initial capital letter) pertaining to the Cape of Good Hope or to South Africa: a Cape diamond.

1350–1400; Middle English cap < Middle French < Old Provençal < Vulgar Latin *capum for Latin caput head

1. point, promontory, headland, spit. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
cape1 (keɪp)
1.  a sleeveless garment like a cloak but usually shorter
2.  a strip of material attached to a coat or other garment so as to fall freely, usually from the shoulders
[C16: from French, from Provençal capa, from Late Latin cappa; see cap]

cape2 (keɪp)
a headland or promontory
[C14: from Old French cap, from Old Provençal, from Latin caput head]

Cape (keɪp)
1.  the SW region of South Africa, in Western Cape province
2.  See Cape of Good Hope

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Word Origin & History

"garment," O.E. capa, from L.L. cappa "cape, hooded cloak" (see cap). The modern word and meaning were a reborrowing (1565) from Fr., from Sp., in reference to a Sp. style.

"promontory," late 14c., from M.Fr. cap, from L. caput "headland, head" (see head). The Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa has been the Cape since 1667. Cape Cod, in reference to houses reminiscent of New England architecture, is 1916. Sailors called low cloud banks that
could be mistaken for landforms on the horizon Cape fly-away (1769).
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Science Dictionary
cape   (kāp)  Pronunciation Key 
A point or head of land projecting into a body of water.
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Example sentences
As the first frost arrives, a fashion look has been revived: the cape.
The cape looked like two stiff bat wings attached to his arms.
The fashion cape does not cover the front to any appreciable degree.
The upper cape is the section of cape cod closest to the mainland.
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