From Middle English capoun; partly from Old Northern French capon (Old French chapon) and partly from Old English capūn, both from Latin capo, caponem (Vulgar Latin *cappo), from Proto-Indo-European *kop- (“to strike, to beat”).
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkeɪpən/
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capon (plural capons)
- A cockerel which has been gelded and fattened for the table.
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- […] You cannot feed capons so.
cockerel grown for food
capon (third-person singular simple present capons, present participle caponing, simple past and past participle caponed)
- (transitive) To castrate; to make a capon of.
capon (feminine caponne, masculine plural capons, feminine plural caponnes)
capon m (plural capons)
- “capon”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- Alternative form of capoun
capon m (plural caponi) or capon m (plural capuni)