American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A strong dark tobacco.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chief; a leader.
- n. An overseer; one who has charge of a cattle-ranch.
- n. A brand of tobacco (alluding perhaps to le petit caporal, “the little corporal,” a nickname of Napoleon): often qualified as sweet caporal.
- n. A type of tobacco.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Sp. Amer. One who directs work; an overseer.
- From French caporal. (Wiktionary)
- French, short for (tabac de) caporal, corporal('s tobacco), from Italian caporale, from capo, head; see capo1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So drawing another chair to the fire, and handing him my last bundle of "caporal," I propped my patent-leathers on the grate, more Americano, and waited for the stream of talk which was sure to come.”
“A été tué au combat le caporal Martin Dubé du 5e Régiment de génie de combat basé à la Base des Forces canadiennes Valcartier près de Québec.”
“Sex reassignment surgery is akin to claiming to cure someone of a Napoleon complex by agreeing with them that they are indeed le petit caporal.”
“_Petit-caporal_" smoking-tobacco, the delight of the middling classes of Paris, hardly suits an American's taste.”
“Wait a moment, till I fill a pipe with caporal, and have a smoke; for if I meet another man with that delicacy, I shall have to give up the Grotto -- unless I have a pipe under my nose, as counter-irritant. ”
“The young fisherman was sitting on a thwart smoking a caporal.”
“He got out his packet of caporal cigarettes and offered one to Nicole, but she refused.”
“Nicole went out and came back presently with a packet of caporal cigarettes.”
“Taitbout were the Concerts Rouge, where for seventy-five centimes they could hear excellent music and get into the bargain something which it was quite possible to drink: the seats were uncomfortable, the place was crowded, the air thick with caporal horrible to breathe, but in their young enthusiasm they were indifferent.”
“Gaston whispered gloomily behind my chair: "Mon petit caporal" -- he called me that because of a fancied likeness to the young”
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