noun (1)
ca·po | \ˈkā-(ˌ)pō \
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


noun (2)
ca·po | \ˈkä-(ˌ)pō, ˈka- \
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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