ke·​pi ˈkā-pē How to pronounce kepi (audio)
variants or less commonly képi
: a military cap with a round flat top usually sloping toward the front and a visor

Examples of kepi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web De Gaulle returned to Paris, walked the Champs-Élysées in his stiff kepi. Alexander Sammon, Harper's Magazine, 25 June 2022 Top fashion points go to the German racewalkers, who appeared to be paying homage to the famous white kepi of the French Foreign Legion. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2021 Gendarmes walk the streets wearing kepi hats; the supermarkets sell vacherin and fond de veau. Kate Holstein, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Apr. 2020

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Word History


French képi, from German dialect (Switzerland) käppi cap

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kepi was in 1861

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Cite this Entry

“Kepi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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