1. 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.
  2. the capa of a bullfighter.

verb (used with object), caped, cap·ing.

  1. (of a matador or capeador during a bullfight) to induce and guide the charge of (a bull) by flourishing a capa.


  1. a piece of land jutting into the sea or some other large body of water.
  2. the Cape.
    1. Northeastern U.S.Cape Cod.
    2. Cape of Good Hope.
  3. capeskin.

verb (used without object), caped, cap·ing.

  1. Nautical. (of a ship) to have good steering qualities.


  1. (initial capital letter) pertaining to the Cape of Good Hope or to South Africa: a Cape diamond.


  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


  1. a headland or promontory

noun the Cape

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

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).

  1. A point or head of land projecting into a body of water.
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