Along with navigating past Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America, Mr. Pinkney sailed around the other four significant southern capes: Cape Agulhas in South Africa, West Cape Howe and South East Cape in Australia, and South Cape/Whiore in New Zealand.—Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 Instead of stealing Saban away from Alabama, Texas began making plans to rip the cape off of the Crimson Tide in a more meaningful way.—Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 5 Sep. 2023 But here's the twist: There's a Bears logo on his chest and cape.—Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2023 Bill Pinkney, the first Black sailor to circumnavigate the globe alone by the arduous southern route — rounding the five great capes of the earth’s southernmost points of land, most notably the fearsome Cape Horn — died on Thursday in Atlanta.—Penelope Green, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 And then there’s the ethereal white moment happening with the capes.—Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 28 Aug. 2023 Page 85 Celine by Hedi Slimane cape dress, price upon request; celine.com.—Alicia Banilivy, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Aug. 2023 The result is a luxurious white velvet cape specially dyed and covered with as many star appliqués as Pérez could find, with a matching cap bearing the spellbook’s iconic eye symbol.—Lindsay Kusiak, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Aug. 2023 The resulting theme, which lifts off with a series of rising phrases belted by French horns and accompanied by beats both electronic and Pakistani, fit the character like a cape and was consequently nominated for an Emmy.—Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English cap, from Anglo-French cape, from Old Occitan cap, from Latin caput head — more at head
probably from Spanish capa cloak, from Late Latin cappa head covering, cloak
derivative of cape entry 2, in sense 1 alluding to the cape worn by superheros such as Superman who defend the innocent; in sense 2 alluding to the shape of the hide cut in this manner