\ ˈnāp How to pronounce nape (audio) , ˈnap How to pronounce nape (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web She’s makeup-free, dressed in the local uniform of black loafers and socks, a clip holding up half her blonde hair while the rest tangles at the nape of her neck. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 4 June 2022 Simple, romantic and pretty. SF: For hair, various fringes are very popular; simple braids, soft messy buns keeping the nape of the neck exposed to show off the neck and shoulders. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2022 Jennifer Lopez's hair was combed neatly back into a knot at the nape of her neck by hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimmons. Elle Turner, Glamour, 22 Mar. 2022 Natalie felt the fine hairs on her arms rise, a chill like a kiss racing up the nape of her neck. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 7 Mar. 2022 The one on his nape looks like a waxing crescent moon in black ink. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 11 Mar. 2022 Lynch braided the actor's hair into a large heart cornrow that connects to a plait looping from the nape of her neck to the base of the ponytail. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 16 Feb. 2022 Whenever Pam wore her hair in a topknot or an updo, each wig had a separate custom nape piece to make sure that the hair looked as realistic as possible, which can be challenging when working with wigs, Moe says. Rachel Burchfield, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Feb. 2022 Her curves are poured into a sports bra and coordinated leggings in a coral snakeskin print, her long hair parted in the middle and secured at the nape of her neck in a low ponytail. Jen Wang, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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\ ˈnāp How to pronounce nape (audio) \

Kids Definition of nape

: the back of the neck


\ ˈnāp also ˈnap \

Medical Definition of nape

: the back of the neck

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