cappella f (plural cappelle)
- A chapel (in all senses)
- A choir and accompanying musicians assigned to a church
- A cap (of a mushroom)
- (slang, the apex of the penis) A head, a glans
- (4) glande
cappa (“cape; coat”) + -ella (diminutive suffix). Originally referred to a little cloak or cape. The sense of "chapel" derives from the story of St. Martin of Tours, in which he tore his military cloak in half, giving it to a beggar while stationed in Gaul, and dreamed of Christ wearing it afterward. This venerated relic was later preserved in sanctuaries by the Franks, which were given the name cappella.