The Italians also have a soft spot for capuchin Franciscans, who have long been known for their work with the poor.
For centuries, capuchin monks followed simple embalming practices.
But that kid from Podunk, now unloading freight at the big-box store, is a universe away from Oxford and a capuchin friar buddy.
1520s, from Middle French capuchin (16c., Modern French capucin), from Italian capuccino, diminutive of capuccio "hood," augmentative of cappa (see cap (n.)). Friar of the Order of St. Francis, under the rule of 1528, so called from the pointed hoods on their cloaks. As a type of monkey, 1785, from the shape of the hair on its head, thought to resemble a cowl.