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noun, plural ca·pos.

  1. any of various devices for a guitar, lute, banjo, etc., that when clamped or screwed down across the strings at a given fret will raise each string a corresponding number of half tones.
  2. the nut of a guitar, lute, banjo, etc.

noun, plural ca·pos.

  1. the chief of a branch of the Mafia.

noun plural -pos

  1. a device fitted across all the strings of a guitar, banjo, etc, so as to raise the pitch of each string simultaneouslyAlso called: capo tasto (ˈkæpəʊ ˈtæstəʊ) Compare barré

noun plural -pos

  1. the presumed title of a Mafia leader
n.1

“leader of a Mafia ‘family,’ ” 1952, Italian, literally “head” (see head (n.)).

n.2

“pitch-altering device for a stringed instrument,” 1946, short for capo tasto (1876), from Italian, literally “head stop” (see head (n.)).

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