Definition of capuchin
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 : a hooded cloak for women
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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