from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A male chicken castrated when young to improve the quality of its flesh for food.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cockerel which has been gelded and fattened for the table.
- v. To castrate; to make a capon of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A castrated cock, esp. when fattened; a male chicken gelded to improve his flesh for the table.
- transitive v. To castrate; to make a capon of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A castrated cock; a cock-chicken castrated for the purpose of improving the flesh for table.
- n. [So called, it is said, because letters were often conveyed inside of fowls. Cf. F. poulet, a fowl, also a love-letter, a billet-doux.] A letter.
- To make a capon of; caponize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. flesh of a castrated male chicken
- n. castrated male chicken
Middle English capoun, from Old English capūn and from Old French capon, both from Latin cāpō, cāpōn-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English capūn, from from Latin capo, caponem. (Wiktionary)