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



    BrE BrE//keɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//keɪp//
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  1. 1 a loose outer piece of clothing that has no sleeves, fastens at the neck and hangs from the shoulders, like a cloak but shorter a bullfighter’s cape
  2. 2(abbreviation C.) (often in place names) a piece of high land that sticks out into the sea Cape Horn
  3. Word Originsense 1 mid 16th cent.: from French, from Provençal capa, from late Latin cappa ‘covering for the head’.sense 2 late Middle English: from Old French cap, from Provençal, based on Latin caput ‘head’.Extra examples He strode out of the room, his black cape flowing behind him. Superman’s cape a bullfighter’s cape
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