What does capo mean?

Definitions for capo
ˈkɑ poʊ, ˈkæp oʊcapo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caponoun

    the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate


  1. caponoun

    A movable bar placed across the fingerboard of a guitar used to raise the pitch of all strings.

  2. caponoun

    A leader in the Mafia; a caporegime.


  1. capo

    A capo is a device used on a stringed musical instrument, like a guitar, to raise the pitch of the strings by shortening their effective length. This allows musicians to play songs in different keys without having to adjust their fingerings. The word 'capo' comes from the Italian 'capotasto', which means 'head of fretboard'.


  1. Capo

    A capo is a device used on the neck of a stringed instrument to shorten the playable length of the strings, hence raising the pitch. It is frequently used on guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Giovanni Battista Doni first used the term in his Annotazioni of 1640, though capo use likely began earlier in the 17th-century. The first patented capo was designed by James Ashborn of Walcottville, Connecticut, USA. The capo is most commonly used to raise the pitch of a fretted instrument so that a player can perform a piece in a certain key using different fingerings to what they would use if played "open". In effect, a capo uses a fret of an instrument to create a new nut at a higher note than the instrument's actual nut. There are numerous styles of capos, but most commercial capos consist of a rubber-covered bar that holds down the strings of the instrument and is clamped to the instrument by one of a number of mechanisms. The same style of capo may be sold in different sizes and shapes for different instruments and fretboard curvatures. The most relevant mechanical factors that vary by type of capo are their ease/method of use, their size and tendency to interfere with the player's hands, and their ability to hold down the strings uniformly without affecting the tuning of the instrument.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CAPO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Capo is ranked #15117 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Capo surname appeared 1,952 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Capo.

    60% or 1,173 total occurrences were White.
    37.7% or 736 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 18 total occurrences were Black.
    0.6% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. OPAC

  2. Paco

  3. acop

  4. APCO

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capo in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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