: wearing a cape
… had degenerated into one dreary cartoon after another about some caped superhero with a square jaw and no visible sense of humor.David Handler
used especially in referring to the fictional superhero Batman as "the Caped Crusader"
Batman … developed from the stygian vigilante of the thirties into the campy Caped Crusader of the sixties, only to end up a neurotic avenger in the eighties.Wigwag

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For the festival, Prince Harry donned his red military uniform while Markle wore a caped Sofiyaa gown with red Altuzarra heels. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 10 Mar. 2020 Winning an Oscar for her frilled, caped visions of girlhood, costume designer Jacqueline Durran has undoubtedly helped buoy the current taste for prairie style dress. Rosalind Jana, refinery29.com, 17 Mar. 2020 Brie Larson also looked gorgeous in a caped CELINE by Hedi Slimane gown, which featured more than 120,000 sequins, 110,000 glass beads, 13,000 Swarowski crystals and 6,500 pink jewels. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, the caped sleeves featured a split in each arm, and culminated in an impressive train. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Dec. 2019 There were boxy blazers, caped jackets, and sculptural corsets, each look topped off with a nurse’s cap, side cap, or army helmet. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 25 Sep. 2019 At the end, beyond meat appears, alongside the company's logo of a caped steer. Chris Ballard, SI.com, 24 Sep. 2019 Our Lois Lane is Susie (Malia Tippets), a radio reporter snooping for the scoop on the caped crusader. oregonlive, 27 Jan. 2020 Its protagonist, Arthur Fleck, isn’t just a poor sap dealing with mental illness and parental neglect but a cackling loony whose lineage may just reveal shocking truths about a certain caped crusader. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caped was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Caped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caped. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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