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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cape, nessnoun

    a strip of land projecting into a body of water

  2. cape, mantlenoun

    a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter


  1. capenoun

    A sleeveless garment or part of a garment, hanging from the neck over the back, arms, and shoulders, but not reaching below the hips.

  2. capeverb

    To head or point; to keep a course.

    The ship capes southwest by south.

  3. cape

    To skin an animal, particularly a deer.

  4. Etymology: cap, from caput.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Capenoun

    Etymology: cape, Fr.

    What from the cape can you discern at sea? ——
    —— Nothing at all; it is a high wrought flood. William Shakespeare, Oth.

    The parting sun,
    Beyond the earth’s green cape, and verdant isles,
    Hesperean sets; my signal to depart. Parad. Lost, b. viii.

    The Romans made war upon the Tarentines, and obliged them by treaty not to sail beyond the cape. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    He was cloathed in a robe of fine black cloth, with wide sleeves and cape. Francis Bacon.


  1. Cape

    A cape is a clothing accessory or a sleeveless outer garment which drapes the wearer's back, arms, and chest, and connects at the neck.


  1. cape

    A cape is a large piece of land that extends into a body of water, usually the sea, from a coastline or shore. It is often larger and more significant than a headland, with more defined boundaries. Alternatively, a cape can also refer to a type of loose sleeveless garment worn hanging over the back and shoulders, often associated with superheroes, wizards, and historical figures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capenoun

    a piece or point of land, extending beyond the adjacent coast into the sea or a lake; a promontory; a headland

  2. Capeverb

    to head or point; to keep a course; as, the ship capes southwest by south

  3. Capenoun

    a sleeveless garment or part of a garment, hanging from the neck over the back, arms, and shoulders, but not reaching below the hips. See Cloak

  4. Capeverb

    to gape

  5. Etymology: [See Gape.]


  1. Cape

    A cape is any sleeveless outer garment, such as a poncho, but usually it is a long garment that covers only the back half of the wearer, fastening around the neck. Capes were common in medieval Europe, especially when combined with a hood in the chaperon, and have had periodic returns to fashion, for example, in nineteenth century Europe. Roman Catholic clergy wear a type of cape known as a ferraiolo, which is worn for formal events outside of a liturgical context. The cope is a liturgical vestment in the form of a cape. Capes are often highly decorated with elaborate embroidery. Capes remain in regular use as rain wear in various military units and police forces, for example in France. A gas cape was a voluminous military garment designed to give rain protection to someone wearing the bulky gas masks used in twentieth century wars. In fashion, the word cape usually refers to a shorter garment and cloak to a full-length version of the different types of garment, though the two terms are sometimes used synonymously for full-length coverings. The fashion cape does not cover the front to any appreciable degree. In raingear, a cape is usually a long and roomy protective garment worn to keep one dry in the rain.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cape

    kāp, n. a covering for the shoulders attached as a tippet to a coat or cloak: a sleeveless cloak. [O. Fr. cape—Low L. cappa.]

  2. Cape

    kāp, n. a head or point of land running into the sea: a headland: a wine produced in Cape Colony.—v.i. (naut.) to keep a course.—The Cape, for the Cape Colony. [Fr. cap—L. caput, the head.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. CAPE

    A neck in the sea. CAPER A foot in the air.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cape

    A projecting point of land jutting out from the coast-line; the extremity of a promontory, of which last it is the secondary rank. It differs from a headland, since a cape may be low. The Cape of Good Hope is always familiarly known as "The Cape." Cape was also used for a rhumb-line.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CAPE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cape is ranked #11971 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cape surname appeared 2,609 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Cape.

    90% or 2,349 total occurrences were White.
    3.8% or 101 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 54 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 51 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.3% or 35 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 19 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cape in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cape in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of cape in a Sentence

  1. Donna Lisenby:

    The water in the Cape Fear River next to Duke's Sutton plant had twice as much arsenic in it as the toxic gray coal ash slurry spilling straight out of the pipe into the Dan River in 2014.

  2. Dale Ketcham:

    They wanted some place quiet, that's fine. It's not quiet at The Cape. And it's going to get noisier.

  3. Bill Simpson:

    More than likely, we're probably going to go to a blizzard warning in eastern Massachusetts and particularly Cape Cod where they could see winds of 70 miles per hour (113 kph).

  4. Sipho P Nkosi:

    It is hard for one driver to drive from Cape to Cairo, but easier for two drivers. Same in relationship, the journey become easier when both partners are walking toward the same direction.

  5. Jonathan Reiner:

    Just because he's tested frequently --( it) isn't a Superman cape. He can get the virus.

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