One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sleeveless cloak, typically a short one.‘he was wearing a flowing cape’
cloak, mantle, shawl, wrap, stole, tippetView synonyms
- ‘Her cape had fallen back off one shoulder, but she didn't seem to notice or care.’
- ‘The 55-year-old dad-of-two from Worsley has been told by the best doctors on Spain's bullfighting circuit that he should hang up his cape and sword.’
- ‘A multi-colour short cape worn over hot pants - indeed very hot and chic - opened the show.’
- ‘I like wearing capes; they make me feel like a super hero.’
- ‘Todd whirled the blanket he had draped around his shoulders like a cape and exited back into the kitchen.’
- ‘Mind you, the outfits are of the least sensible variety, with flowing capes and swirling belts that would trip up even modest attempts to walk.’
- ‘Only one single figure silently slid through the gates, cloaked with a black cape, face hidden under the hood.’
- ‘He wears a grey t-shirt underneath a plaid flannel shirt and short grey cape, jeans, runners, and a plain black mask.’
- ‘Nutty knitwear - woollen boots, sparkly, spartan leg warmers, bizarre capes and frocks combined to create a blindingly colourful but incomprehensible collection.’
- ‘You can dress up a wolf in a bonnet and cape and pretend it's your granny, but - as another fable should have taught us long ago - it will still behave according to its nature.’
- ‘My favourites were the bagpipers in kilts and bonnets with green capes thrown over one shoulder.’
- ‘His short cape blew along with the night wind, dancing to its melody as it sang through the desert.’
- ‘From moonboots to Barbour jackets via plastic capes and wellies, only a summer festival in rain-sodden Scotland could inspire people to wear the kind of gear you would normally pack for a winter break in Prague.’
- ‘Colombian flags waved in the wind and served as hats, ponchos, skirts and capes for the dozens of Colombians whose enthusiasm wasn't dampened by steady showers.’
- ‘The hairdresser tied a cape around his shoulders, washed his hair with shampoo that smelled like peaches.’
- ‘With his topcoat resting across his shoulders like a cape, he strolled around the room with the flair of a Hollywood dandy.’
- ‘But ponchos and capes are back in vogue too as well as oversize batwing or kimono jumpers, and they should give us all a bit of a break from the trim, belted look.’
- ‘It's like she's waiting for someone to run in from backstage and throw a cape over her shoulders.’
- ‘Despite the drizzly rain the 23 year old beauty looked amazing, wrapped in a red cape made by Irish designer Ciaran Sweeney.’
- ‘A man intelligent enough to know that he stands on the edge of despair every night he dons that cape, and passionate enough to do it anyway.’
- 1.1 A 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’
- ‘Cover clothing with the shoulder capes or take a cotton sheet and drape it over the clothing for the season to avoid dust and fading.’
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’
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.
Mid 16th century: from French, from Provençal capa, from late Latin cappa ‘covering for the head’.
1A headland or promontory.
headland, promontory, point, head, foreland, neckView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘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.’’
- ‘During the trip, on this cloudy but dry day, the boat passed Larn Island and went to the southwestern cape of Man Wichai Island.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It really has nothing to do with Kerry other than to prove that people do actually hunt deer on the cape.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Farms unfurled to the Bays of Pollenca and Alcudia as one last surge of Sierra forked into capes Pinar and Formentor.’
- ‘On the bus back from the cape, you pass the lagoon at Porto Conte, with water as blue as the old Bounty ads.’
- ‘For the same reasons sanctuaries were sited at the tip of capes or peninsulas or on an island close to the mainland.’
- ‘The Spaniards have no claim to property there except that they have established a few settlements and named rivers and capes.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
- ‘In a small remote location on the cape of Massachusetts, an underground lab was in use.’
- 1.2 The Cape of Good Hope.
- 1.3 The former Cape Province of South Africa.
Late Middle English: from Old French cap, from Provençal, based on Latin caput ‘head’.
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