ca·​po | \ ˈkā-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce capo (audio) \
plural capos

Definition of capo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a movable bar attached to the fingerboard of a fretted instrument to uniformly raise the pitch of all the strings
ca·​po | \ ˈkä-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce capo (audio) , ˈka- How to pronounce capo (audio) \
plural capos

Definition of capo (Entry 2 of 2)

: the head of a branch of a crime syndicate

First Known Use of capo

Noun (1)

1926, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capo

Noun (1)

short for capotasto, from Italian, literally, head of fingerboard

Noun (2)

Italian, head, chief, from Latin caput

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“Capo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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