Capuchin NOUN 1) a friar belonging to a strict branch of the Franciscan order. 2) a cloak and hood formerly worn by women. 3) (capuchin) a South American monkey with a cowl-like cap of hair on the head.
ORIGIN from Italian cappuccino 'small hood' , from Latin cappa 'covering for the head' .

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  • Capuchin — Cap u*chin , n. [F. capucin a monk who wears a cowl, fr. It. cappuccio hood. See {Capoch}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Eccl.) A Franciscan monk of the austere branch established in 1526 by Matteo di Baschi, distinguished by wearing the long pointed cowl… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Capuchin — can refer to: *Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, an order of Roman Catholic friars. *Capuchin monkey, primates of the genus Cebus considered among the most intelligent of the New World monkeys (those native to the Americas), named after the friars …   Wikipedia

  • Capuchin — 1520s, from M.Fr. capuchin (16c., Mod.Fr. capucin), from It. capuccino, from capuccio hood, augmentative of cappa (see CAP (Cf. cap)). Friar of the Order of St. Francis, under the rule of 1528, so called from the pointed hoods on their cloaks. As …   Etymology dictionary

  • Capuchin — A hood worn by ladies in 1752, resembling that of a Capuchin friar, whence its name. It was succeeded by the Caleshe in 1765. Men also wore a hood with a neck piece and mantle …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Capuchin — [kap′yo͞o shin΄, kap′yo͞ochin΄; kə pyo͞o′shin, kə pyo͞o′chin] n. [Fr, monk who wears a cowl < It cappuchino, dim. of CAPUCHE] 1. a member of a branch (Friars Minor Capuchin) of the Franciscan order that adheres strictly to the original rule 2 …   English World dictionary

  • capuchin — /kap yoo chin, shin/, n. 1. a Central and South American monkey, Cebus capucinus, having a prehensile tail and hair on the head resembling a cowl. 2. any monkey of the genus Cebus. 3. a hooded cloak for women. 4. (cap.) Also called Friar Minor… …   Universalium

  • Capuchin — [ kapʊtʃɪn] noun 1》 a friar belonging to a strict branch of the Franciscan order. 2》 a cloak and hood formerly worn by women. 3》 (capuchin) a South American monkey with a cowl like cap of hair on the head. [Genus Cebus: four species.] 4》… …   English new terms dictionary

  • capuchin — noun Etymology: Middle French, from Old Italian cappuccino, from cappuccio; from his cowl Date: 1589 1. capitalized a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin forming since 1529 an austere branch of the first order of St. Francis of Assisi… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • capuchin — noun A capuchin monkey …   Wiktionary

  • capuchin — n. 1 a Franciscan friar of the new rule of 1529. 2 a cloak and hood formerly worn by women. 3 (capuchin) a any monkey of the genus Cebus of S. America, with cowl like head hair. b a variety of pigeon with head and neck feathers resembling a cowl …   Useful english dictionary

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