\ 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 The elegant hairstyle features an intricate bun, typically at the nape of the neck, with wispy curls framing the face. Essence, 2 June 2021 The metal chain hasn’t painfully pulled the baby hairs at the nape of my neck., 4 May 2021 Red sequins dripped from the nape of her neck down to her ankles. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021 To start your deep-tissue scalp massage, Hill instructs beginning at the nape of the neck and using both hands to work your fingers up the head, kneading from ear to ear for a few minutes to vigorously to lift up oil and debris. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 22 Mar. 2021 The ticket collector tried to pull Alanis off the officer as the 33-year-old allegedly clawed the officer’s face and eyes while holding the nape of the cop’s neck. Alice Yin,, 6 Mar. 2021 Hollywood actor was photographed leaving a Beverly Hills office building with his dirty-blond hair (hardly long enough, it should be noted, to even reach the nape of his neck) pulled back into a tiny ponytail. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Feb. 2021 If the mask is equipped with ties instead of loops, tie the upper pair around the rear crown of your head, then the second pair around the nape of your neck. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 5 Oct. 2020 The head strap can be positioned at the nape of neck, crown of head or wrapped around a ponytail. Leada Gore |, al, 31 Aug. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nape

: the back of the neck


\ 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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