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

Word History


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

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“Capitano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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