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ca·po 1

n. pl. ca·pos
A small movable bar placed across the fingerboard of a guitar or similar instrument so as to raise the pitch of all the strings uniformly.

[Italian capo (di tastiera), head (of the fingerboard), from Latin caput; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.]

ca·po 2

 (kä′pō, kăp′ō)
n. pl. ca·pos
The head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate.

[Italian, from Latin caput, head; see capo1.]


(ˈkeɪpəʊ; ˈkæpəʊ)
n, pl -pos
(Instruments) a device fitted across all the strings of a guitar, banjo, etc, so as to raise the pitch of each string simultaneously. Also called: capo tasto Compare barré
[from Italian capo tasto head stop]


(ˈkæpəʊ; Italian ˈkapo)
n, pl -pos
(Law) the presumed title of a Mafia leader
[Italian: head]


(ˈkeɪ poʊ)

n., pl. -pos.
any of various devices for a guitar, lute, banjo, etc., that when clamped or screwed down across the strings at a given fret will raise each string a corresponding number of half tones.
[1875–80; < Italian, shortening of capotasto=capo head (see capo2) + tasto fingerboard, fret]


(ˈkɑ poʊ, ˈkæp oʊ)

n., pl. -pos.
the chief of a branch of the Mafia.
[1960–65; < Italian: head, leader < Vulgar Latin *capum for Latin caput; compare chief]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.capo - the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate
chief, top dog, head - a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"


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Hereupon a glorious shouting, a rapping, a jingling, a clattering, and a shouting, with plentiful da capo, pleasanter than a strain of sublimest music in the ears that receive such a tribute for the first time.
On the fair Capo Deucato, and sprang So eagerly around about to hang Upon the flying footsteps of -- deep pride -
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The man who insatiably cries da capo to himself and to the whole of his mise-en-scene, must be in a position to desire every incident in his life to be repeated, not once, but again and again eternally.
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Ethel Waters with Charles Samuels, His Eye is on the Sparrow, New York, Da Capo Press, 1992, ISBN 0-306-80477-8
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