capitano

noun
ca·​pi·​ta·​no | \ ˌkapəˈtä(ˌ)nō \
plural capitani\ -​ä(ˌ)nē \ or capitanos

Definition of capitano

: a vainglorious and cowardly soldier especially appearing as a stock character in the commedia dell' arte

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History and Etymology for capitano

Italian, literally, captain, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin capitanus foremost, chief, from Latin capit-, caput head

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“Capitano.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitano. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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