Definition of capitano
: a vainglorious and cowardly soldier especially appearing as a stock character in the commedia dell' arte
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Origin and Etymology of capitano
Italian, literally, captain, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin capitanus foremost, chief, from Latin capit-, caput head
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