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[keyp] /keɪp/
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.
Origin of cape1
1350-1400; Middle English (north); Old English -cāp (see cope2), reinforced in 16th century by Spanish capa < Late Latin cappa hooded cloak, cope2
Related forms
caped, adjective


[keyp] /keɪp/
a piece of land jutting into the sea or some other large body of water.
the Cape.
  1. Northeastern U.S. Cape Cod.
  2. Cape of Good Hope.
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
Can be confused
1. point, promontory, headland, spit. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cape
  • As the first frost arrives, a fashion look has been revived: the cape.
  • Beneath the artifacts of camp and cape, they located a rich lode of myth.
  • 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.
  • The original cape rock was destroyed by railroad construction.
  • Parts of the cape province were also absorbed into the north west province.
  • The centre of cape town is located at the northern end of the cape peninsula.
  • cape point is recognised as the dramatic headland at the end of the cape peninsula.
  • cape town has two kinds of taxis metered taxis and minibus taxis.
British Dictionary definitions for cape


a sleeveless garment like a cloak but usually shorter
a strip of material attached to a coat or other garment so as to fall freely, usually from the shoulders
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Provençal capa, from Late Latin cappa; see cap


a headland or promontory
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cap, from Old Provençal, from Latin caput head


noun the Cape
the SW region of South Africa, in Western Cape province
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Word Origin and History for cape

garment, late Old English capa, cæppe, from Late Latin cappa "hooded cloak" (see cap (n.)). The modern word and meaning ("sleeveless cloak") are a mid-16c. reborrowing from French cape, from Spanish, in reference to a Spanish style.

"promontory," late 14c., from Middle French cap "cape; head," from Latin caput "headland, head" (see capitulum). The Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa has been the Cape since 1660s. Sailors called low cloud banks that could be mistaken for landforms on the horizon Cape fly-away (1769).

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cape in Science
A point or head of land projecting into a body of water.
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