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 bun was low and securely pinned to the nape of her neck, her hair was parted right down the middle, and a few face-framing tendrils were loosely curled and left free to add movement and soften the look. Andrea Park, Allure, "Meghan Markle Wears A Bun that Looks Just Like Her Wedding Hair," 3 Oct. 2018 Loosely pull hair into a ponytail just above the nape of the neck. Jennifer Tzeses, Woman's Day, "10 Stylish Ways to Wear a Ponytail," 19 Aug. 2013 Place your hands at the nape of your neck, lift your head, and extend your legs to the sky. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Body-Sculpting Workout Is Top-Model-Approved—And Ready for the Holidays," 20 Nov. 2018 The This Is Us star wore her hair slicked back with a braid that started from the nape of the neck, traveled up the curve of her head, and came across her forehead. Allure, "The Most Exciting Hair and Makeup Looks on the 2018 Emmy Awards Red Carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 The young stylist disciplined each errant follicle, cleaved my hair into a precise part and groomed my nape to perfection. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Your Haircut Is (Probably) Too Cheap," 18 July 2018 Securely Side-Swept Pull all your hair over to one side and gather a small section of hair at the nape of your neck into a side ponytail. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "15 Super-Easy Hairstyles for Lazy Girls Who Can't Even," 12 Dec. 2017 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

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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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