Definition of capon in English:



  • A castrated domestic cock fattened for eating.

    • ‘I do not have a family so turkey is too much - you can't get a good capon for love nor money and chicken is something I eat regularly, so not special enough.’
    • ‘One peer at least tied a capon in his handkerchief and tossed it up to his famished family.’
    • ‘Turkey is easier, but anyone having a fancy for goose, duck, capon or our more unusual feathered friends shouldn't take any chances.’
    • ‘Or he'd trade one of them to a neighbor for a year's supply of milk and eggs and a fat, ready-to-cook capon at Christmas.’
    • ‘This wine was a perfect choice for the main course, a combination of capon and lamb loin, topped on pumpkin and potato galette, accompanied with a red port wine reduction.’
    • ‘Farmer Bragard is further rumoured to be contemplating using the green for fattening up capons, and it is this in particular that has the authorities in a froth.’
    • ‘Its ingredients would have included rabbits, pigeons, partridges, a hare, a pheasant, a capon and the livers of all these animals, along with eggs, pickled mushrooms, dried fruit and spices.’
    • ‘She might filet him on the spot and turn him into a stuffed capon!’
    • ‘There were anchovies, carp, caviar, crab, crayfish…, bacon, beef, brains, calf's head, capon, all the way to venison.’
    • ‘If you're planning for a large gathering, goose and capon can be quite big - up to 12 or so pounds.’
    • ‘The multi-cuisine dinner spread will have assorted cold meat platters, roast capon in cranberry sauce, grilled fish, sliced pepper lamb and pastas cooked on the spot among other vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies.’
    • ‘We use the term broiler production to capture the Census of Agriculture category which includes ‘broilers, fryers, and other chickens raised for meat production, including capons and roasters’.’
    • ‘‘And…’ the rooster-in-charge continues, ‘each one of us will now be a capon without even being castrated.’’
    • ‘Although some references explain its etymology as being from old French hutaudeau, meaning a pullet (a young hen), the derivation was in fact hétoudeau or hétourdeau which was a capon (a fattened cock fowl).’
    • ‘Tip the boy who brings you a stuffed capon and a jug of mead and your coins say, ‘I am richer than you.’’
    • ‘Their dinner had two courses rather than one, and included luxuries such as veal, capons, pigeon, plovers and tarts.’
    • ‘For the capon broth: In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine all ingredients.’
    • ‘On 31 December 1995, four dishes were served to the President and his guests: Marennes oysters, foie gras, roast capon, and ortolan.’
    • ‘C. Anne Wilson quotes an ordinance of Richard II in 1378 for prices charged by cooks and pie bakers, including those for capons and hens baked in pasties.’
    • ‘I'm always sad that these catalogues of popular anticlericalism fail to mention James Clavell's bestselling Shogun, which luridly shows its Jesuit villain feasting on capon in one important scene.’
    rooster, cockerel, male fowl
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Late Old English: from Old French, based on Latin capo, capon-.