One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly in French or Italian contexts: any of several areas under the jurisdiction of a capitano; specifically (now historical) a former district of southern Italy, roughly corresponding to the province of Foggia in Apulia.
2The office of a capitano.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Grimeston (fl. 1604–1634), translator.
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