: the back of the neck

Examples of nape in a Sentence

Her hair was tied back at the nape of her neck.
Recent Examples on the Web But the whimsical style came together for her professional team who weaved together two braids into one ponytail, and later wrapped them into a long bun at the nape of the neck. Kathleen Hou, ELLE, 9 Sep. 2023 There were also wavy pieces that might have been too short to fit into the bun falling out around the nape of her neck. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 12 July 2023 Part your hair all the way to the nape of your neck and braid it into two plaits on either side of your head. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 16 Aug. 2023 The longest pieces of hair stopped around the nape of her neck while some of the shortest pieces grazed her cheekbones, basically forming curtain bangs. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 15 Aug. 2023 With a slightly more polished feel than a messy bun, her loose curls were pulled back into a low twist at her nape. Julia Meehan, Peoplemag, 19 July 2023 Her reddish hair was parted on the side, and her straight hair fell to the nape of her neck. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 13 July 2023 Her hair is jet black and always pulled back into a low ponytail that nestles into the nape of her neck. Maria Zorn, Longreads, 7 Mar. 2023 The brunette opted for a low bun placed right above the nape of her neck. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 12 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nape was in the 14th century

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“Nape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nape. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the back of the neck

Medical Definition


ˈnāp also ˈnap
: the back of the neck

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