Main definitions of cape in English

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cape1

Pronunciation /kāp/ /keɪp/

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noun

  • 1A sleeveless cloak, typically a short one.

    • ‘he was wearing a flowing cape’
    cloak, mantle, shawl, wrap, stole, tippet
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    1. 1.1A part of a longer coat or cloak that falls loosely over the shoulders from the neckband.
      • ‘the robe was decorated with gold lace on the fronts, cape, and hem’
  • 2North American The pelt from the head and neck of an animal, for preparation as a hunting trophy.

    • ‘the hair on a cape for the taxidermist can spoil in warm weather’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1(in bullfighting) taunt (the bull) by flourishing a cape.

    • ‘the film shows a man expertly caping a charging bull’
  • 2Skin the head and neck of (an animal) to prepare a hunting trophy.

Origin

Mid 16th century from French, from Provençal capa, from late Latin cappa ‘covering for the head’.

Main definitions of cape in English

: cape1cape2

cape2

Pronunciation /kāp/ /keɪp/

Translate cape into Spanish

noun

  • 1A headland or promontory.

    ‘we could see the island from the cape’
    • ‘‘And this,’ he said, with a sweep of his arm that took in the stark capes and headlands, the fleets of islands and the sea around us, ‘this was my school room.’’
    • ‘For the same reasons sanctuaries were sited at the tip of capes or peninsulas or on an island close to the mainland.’
    • ‘Without wasting a moment we head for the last cape of the Peninsula de Paria, with the help of a GPS that they inexplicably left behind.’
    • ‘During the trip, on this cloudy but dry day, the boat passed Larn Island and went to the southwestern cape of Man Wichai Island.’
    • ‘The beachline is interrupted by rocky capes and cliffs and the mouths of four rivers - the Kali, the Aghanashini, the Bedthi and the Sharavathy, where ferry services are available.’
    • ‘Farms unfurled to the Bays of Pollenca and Alcudia as one last surge of Sierra forked into capes Pinar and Formentor.’
    • ‘I know I did state the bleeding obvious while saying that, but how am I to know if you still know a cape from a bay from an isthmus from a strait?’
    • ‘There is also an asphalt road to the small wetland Bolata north of the cape.’
    • ‘Right now I think coastal erosion is a good possibility for the cape and the island and for eastern Long Island, as we're likely to see the surf pick up.’
    • ‘The Spaniards have no claim to property there except that they have established a few settlements and named rivers and capes.’
    • ‘On the bus back from the cape, you pass the lagoon at Porto Conte, with water as blue as the old Bounty ads.’
    • ‘It really has nothing to do with Kerry other than to prove that people do actually hunt deer on the cape.’
    headland, promontory, point, head, foreland, neck
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    1. 1.1the CapeThe Cape of Good Hope.
    2. 1.2the CapeCape Cod, Massachusetts.
      • ‘In a small remote location on the cape of Massachusetts, an underground lab was in use.’
    3. 1.3the CapeThe former Cape Province of South Africa.

Origin

Late Middle English from Old French cap, from Provençal, based on Latin caput ‘head’.