Definition of caper noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkeɪpə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪpər//
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  1. 1 [usually plural] the small green flower bud of a Mediterranean bush, preserved in vinegar and used to flavour dishes and sauces
  2. 2(informal) an activity, especially one that is illegal or dangerous A call to the police should put an end to their little caper. He’s involved in some sort of organized crime caper.
  3. 3an amusing film/movie that contains a lot of action a British spy caper
  4. 4a short jumping or dancing movement He cut a little celebratory caper (= jumped or danced a few steps) in the middle of the road.
  5. Word Originnoun senses 2 to 4 late 16th cent.: abbreviation of capriole ‘a leap in dancing’. noun sense 1 late Middle English: from French câpres or Latin capparis, from Greek kapparis; later interpreted as plural, hence the loss of the final -s in the 16th cent.
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