One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long cloak or coat with a hood, typically part of an army or company uniform.
- ‘In the final section the torero (star matador) engages the bull with his elegance and control, then exchanges the purple and yellow capote (large cape) for the red muleta (smaller cape) and curved sword.’
- ‘Beside you, wrapped in your capote against the dampness, is your fusil.’
- ‘The striped Hudson's Bay blankets were made into capotes, coats of the same type that show up in numerous Russell paintings.’
Early 19th century: from French, diminutive of cape (see cape).
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