capon

noun

ca·​pon ˈkā-ˌpän How to pronounce capon (audio)
-pən
: a castrated male chicken

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One to two weeks ahead: make grocery lists, order specialty foods including capon for delivery 1 week before the dinner. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 21 Sep. 2022 Handmade pasta shaped like knots are stuffed with pork loin, ham, Mortadella salami, Parmigiano cheese, eggs and nutmeg, and thrown in a thick capon broth. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Inside the Marché Beauvau, the Marché d’Aligre’s historic covered market, featuring higher-quality butchers, fishmongers, and cheese and poultry sellers, shoppers were eyeing capon, oysters and truffles for the holidays. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 That usually means turkey, but there are alternatives, including goose, duck, capon, and even a whole fish or vegan Tofurkey. Colman Andrews, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 Frequently hiring Black caterers, according to Bundles, A’Lelia would serve delicacies like watercress sandwiches, boned capon, and orange cake. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appétit, 14 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Capon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capon. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

capon

noun
ca·​pon ˈkā-ˌpän How to pronounce capon (audio)
-pən
: a castrated male chicken

Medical Definition

capon

noun
: a castrated male chicken

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