Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. The head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A movable bar placed across the fingerboard of a guitar used to raise the pitch of all strings.
  • n. A leader in the Mafia; a caporegime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A working-horse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate

Etymologies

Italian capo (di tastiera), head (of the fingerboard), from Latin caput; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.
Italian, from Latin caput, head.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • _Da capo, e da capo_, Mary -- only at night shouldst thou cease from thy sweet pipings, that I might smoke myself to sleep, and dream that all is once more as it used to be.

    The Martian

  • A capo is a device used to change the pitch of what musical instrument?

    The Mighty Quinn Media Machine

  • If using a capo is a crutch, how am I hindering my music with one?

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • I knew a guitarist who called his capo a "cheater"; same idea, that those who use it are in some way cheating or using a crutch -- not following the rules, not fully "abled" musically.

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • If using a capo is a crutch, how am I hindering my music with one??

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • I agree that a capo is a crutch and should be generally avoided ..

    Mandolin Cafe News

  • …er, no. the capo is the one who takes a job as spokesman for the grandson of the chief funder of the american eugenics movement.

    Now That’s What I Call A Capo | Jewschool

  • One theme of these inaccurate descriptions of the assault is the claim that I had provoked it by calling Rabbi Seidler-Feller a "capo," an expression referring to concentration camp inmates during World War II who were forced by the Nazi guards to act as overseers over their fellow prisoners.

    My Not-So-Peaceful Encounter with the "Peace Camp"

  • Like any 'capo' (mob head), he merely orders the killing.

    American Mob: Bush's Guns, Goons and GHOULiani In The Wings

  • A Yemeni-born former freedom fighter in Afghanistan, Khallad assumed control of bin Laden's bodyguards and became a kind of capo in Al Qaeda.

    The Road To September 11

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