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capuchin

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noun ca·pu·chin \ˈka-pyə-shən, -pə-, especially for 3 also kə-ˈpyü-, -ˈpü-\

Definition of capuchin

  1. 1 capitalized :  a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin forming since 1529 an austere branch of the first order of St. Francis of Assisi engaged in missionary work and preaching

  2. 2 :  a hooded cloak for women

  3. 3 :  any of a genus (Cebus) of South and Central American monkeys; especially :  one (C. capucinus) with the hair on its crown resembling a monk's cowl



Origin of capuchin

Middle French, from Old Italian cappuccino, from cappuccio; from his cowl


First Known Use: 1589


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