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[kap-er-uh l, kap-uh-ral] /ˈkæp ər əl, ˌkæp əˈræl/
a variety of tobacco.
Origin of caporal1
1840-50; short for French tabac du caporal tobacco of the corporal2


[kap-uh-ral] /ˈkæp əˌræl/
noun, Southwestern U.S.
an overseer, especially of a cattle ranch.
1590-1600; < Spanish: chief, manager < Italian; see corporal2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for caporal
Historical Examples
  • But, in their way, these musk-scented cigarettes were not bad, and it was a long time since I had used up my stock of caporal.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
  • And he took a caporal from the packet before him and slowly lit it.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • "Wait, mon caporal; I have something to tell you," said Picpon quickly.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • You remember, mon caporal, that splendid thing that he did five years ago at Sabasasta?

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • Ambrose lit a black caporal cigarette—he had bought a packet on his way.

    The Secret Glory Arthur Machen
  • "Purposely, mon caporal," said Petit Picpon, with a sapient nod that spoke volumes.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • He frowned majestically, and he smoked a caporal cigarette as if it were a Havana cigar.

    The Azure Rose Reginald Wright Kauffman
  • Papa sits comfortably, with legs straight out, smoking a pipe of caporal and reading the 'Telegramme.'

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
  • caporal Robert he drew as one should say himself, le caporal, breathing upon the paper.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • He took up his porcelain pipe and filled it from the blue packet of caporal that lay on the table with the oilskin cover.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for caporal


a strong coarse dark tobacco
Word Origin
C19: from French tabac du caporal corporal's tobacco, denoting its superiority to tabac du soldat soldier's tobacco
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