nape

noun
\ˈnāp, ˈnap \

Definition of nape 

: the back of the neck

Examples of nape in a Sentence

Her hair was tied back at the nape of her neck.

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The gray itself is a shock of silvery white interspersed with some brown strands on the nape of my neck and along my cheeks. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 The kit also commemorates the Hillsborough tragedy, with the 96 emblem encased by flames sitting at the nape of the neck. SI.com, "PHOTO: Liverpool Unveil Trendy New Third Kit Ahead of 2018/19 Season," 12 July 2018 Step #3 Put the far edge of the cloth over your head to the nape of the neck. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "Hair Plopping: The Heat-Free Drying Technique That Will Give You the Curls of Your Dreams," 30 Apr. 2015 Use the comb to part your hair from the top of your forehead all the way to the nape of your neck. Seventeen, "4 French Braid Hairstyles & How To's," 27 Mar. 2015 For the first look, Symonds gathered Cuoco’s hair into a low ponytail at the nape of her neck, securing it with a bungee. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "How Kaley Cuoco Achieved Her 'Effortless and Natural’ Wedding Day Look — All the Details!," 1 July 2018 Palau began by adding extensions to each model’s hair for extreme length, then combed it back taut with Redken’s Hardwear 16 Super-Strong Hair Gel before weaving it into a three-strand plait beginning at the nape and ending at the hip. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alexander McQueen Turns the Dominatrix Braid Into a Paris Fashion Week Fetish," 5 Mar. 2018 In publicity photos, her dark hair was a corona; parted on the side and presenting wild waves down to the nape of her neck. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Margarita Xirgu, Theater Radical Who Staged Lorca’s Plays," 29 May 2018 All the while, the workers kept their palms on her flank, face and the hump at the nape of her neck, to reassure her. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of nape

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nape

Middle English

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nape

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nape

: the back of the neck

nape

noun
\ˈnāp \

Kids Definition of nape

: the back of the neck

nape

noun
\ˈnāp also ˈnap\

Medical Definition of nape 

: the back of the neck

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