ca·​pon | \ ˈkā-ˌpän How to pronounce capon (audio) , -pən \

Definition of capon

: a castrated male chicken

Examples of capon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then roasted capon with mushrooms and sweet potatoes as a main course, followed by a two-cheese platter — Roquefort and goat cheese — and maybe a few glasses of red wine. Elian Peltier New York Times, Star Tribune, 12 Feb. 2021 Each part is added separately, according to its own cooking time, and, at some point, a stewing hen or capon is usually added to the caldron, too. David Tanis, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2020 And, really, so many roasts, such as pork loin or duck or capon, are made even more delicious with the addition of apricots or plums. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, 7 Aug. 2019 His capon stuffed with Virginia ham and chestnut purée helped reconcile Jefferson with his enemy, Alexander Hamilton. Allyson Reedy, The Denver Post, 7 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of capon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capon

Middle English, from Old English capūn, probably from Old French capon, chapun, from Latin capon-, capo; akin to Lithuanian kapoti to mince, Greek koptein to cut

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The first known use of capon was before the 12th century

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“Capon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of capon

: a male chicken whose sex organs have been removed


ca·​pon | \ ˈkā-ˌpän How to pronounce capon (audio) \

Kids Definition of capon

: a castrated male chicken


ca·​pon | \ ˈkā-ˌpän, -pən How to pronounce capon (audio) \

Medical Definition of capon

: a castrated male chicken

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