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[key-pee, kep-ee] /ˈkeɪ pi, ˈkɛp i/
noun, plural kepis.
a French military cap with a flat circular top and a nearly horizontal visor.
Origin of kepi
Swiss German
1860-65; < French képi < Swiss German Käppi (Kapp(e) cap1 + -i diminutive suffix) Unabridged
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  • He had laid his kepi on the table, and leaned back in his chair looking at a strip of paper with a little grim smile in his eyes.

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

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
  • Malet would have raised the kepi of one of the captains with a bullet, and he would have done well.

  • Monsieur sticks his kepi on one side of his head, and struts and swaggers along the Boulevard as though he were a bantam cock.

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

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • Their soldiers wore the French kepi; and they make coffee admirably, and do not make tea at all.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • Everyone was in uniform; there was scarce a head that was not decorated with the kepi of the National Guard.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • The slouched hat was worn by the officers and men of the West, the French kepi by the more showy Eastern officers.

    From the Easy Chair, series 3 George William Curtis
  • He touched fingers to kepi—a neat blue kepi—in a smart salute.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • One of them was driving the reaping—machine and looked like a gunner on his limber, with his kepi thrust to the back of his head.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for kepi


noun (pl) kepis
a military cap with a circular top and a horizontal peak
Word Origin
C19: from French képi, from German (Swiss dialect) käppi a little cap, from kappecap
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Word Origin and History for kepi

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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