While the bow may look like part of the cape, the detail is actually from the dress by the same designer underneath, which is the outfit Kate wore at her very first Christmas carol concert in 2021.—Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 Lisa, the only to venture out of neutrals, opted for an aquamarine dress with a regal, cape dress from Georges Hobeika.—Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 21 Nov. 2023 Keep warm and cozy (and look very stylish) with this boho chic cape by Woolrich.—Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 20 Nov. 2023 In another, his azure contacts, framed by a brown hooded cape and taupe headscarf, are deeper than the ocean.—Vulture, 17 Nov. 2023 Latifah’s cape flowed all the way down to the stage floor and included two black stripes across the stark white train.—Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 16 Nov. 2023 There are seven homes now on the market, ranging from a 1,000-square foot cape with three bedrooms for $515,000 to a 2,000-square foot, five-bedroom home with substantial additions to the 1953 floor plan, for $779,000.—Hope Hodge Seck, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 After successfully untying the flag, the man, who was seen wearing black shorts, a gray sweatshirt and a blue beanie, was seen wearing the stars and stripes as a cape around his shoulders.—Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 9 Nov. 2023 Jacob Elordi won’t be wearing a red cape anytime soon.—Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023
Rachael's scandal became even more of a major news story after Chris Harrison decided to use his platform to cape for her while simultaneously belittling former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.—Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 26 Feb. 2021 See how the people came together to cape for Labelle’s legacy below.—Keyaira Boone, Essence, 26 Nov. 2020 See More
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Middle English cap, from Anglo-French cape, from Old Occitan cap, from Latin caput head — more at head
probably from Spanish capa cloak, from Late Latin cappa head covering, cloak
derivative of cape entry 2, in sense 1 alluding to the cape worn by superheros such as Superman who defend the innocent; in sense 2 alluding to the shape of the hide cut in this manner