\ 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 tender napes of powerful necks, snug little asses, and . . Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 When wearing a mask, secure the bottom ties first with a bow around the nape of your neck. USA Today, "How to clean, reuse or hack a coronavirus mask," 27 Apr. 2020 When wearing a mask, secure the bottom ties first with a bow around the nape of your neck. Laura Mazade,, "Ohio face mask order: Is it mandatory to wear face coverings?," 27 Apr. 2020 The university had him by the nape of his neck in March 2019 after Yahoo Sports published a story detailing what Wade said on an FBI wiretap to a man who had been convicted of funneling money to families of recruits. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "Cheating allegations, corruption scandal don't slow men's basketball coaches' pay," 11 Mar. 2020 Begin flat-ironing at the nape of the neck, working your way toward the front of your head. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "How to Care for Your Relaxed Hair at Home," 11 Apr. 2020 Part from the center of the forehead to the nape of the neck. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "How to keep up your grooming regimen in isolation — without disaster," 11 Apr. 2020 Hairstylist shared the scene-stealing style in an Instagram video, Thompson sporting slicked-down hair in the front before turning to reveal a swing of dark lengths bound at the nape of her neck. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Let Tessa Thompson's Statement Ponytail Be Your Weekend Beauty Inspiration," 6 Mar. 2020 And rightfully so, as their entire head is made up of the super soft strands at the base of our hairlines and nape of our necks. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "How To Safely Get Your Baby’s Edges Laid Like These Celebrity Infants," 14 Jan. 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 2 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce nape (audio) How to pronounce nape (audio)

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


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Medical Definition of nape

: the back of the neck

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