• WordNet 3.6
    • n capuchin monkey of Central America and South America having thick hair on the head that resembles a monk's cowl
    • n capuchin a hooded cloak for women
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word 'cappuccino' is the result of several derivations, the original of which began in 16th century. The Capuchin order of friars, established after 1525, played an important role in bringing Catholicism back to Reformation Europe. Its Italian name came from the long, pointed cowl, or cappuccino, derived from cappuccino, "hood," that was worn as part of the order's habit. The French version of cappuccino was capuchin, from which came English Capuchin. In Italian cappuccino went on to describe espresso coffee mixed or topped with steamed milk or cream, so called because the color of the coffee resembled the color of the habit of a Capuchin friar. The first use of cappuccino in English is recorded in 1948 in a work about San Francisco. There is also the story line that says that the term comes from the fact that the coffee is dark, like the monk's robe, and the cap is likened to the color of the monk's head.
    • Capuchin (Eccl) A Franciscan monk of the austere branch established in 1526 by Matteo di Baschi, distinguished by wearing the long pointed cowl or capoch of St. Francis. "A bare-footed and long-bearded capuchin ."
    • Capuchin A garment for women, consisting of a cloak and hood, resembling, or supposed to resemble, that of capuchin monks.
    • Capuchin (Zoöl) A long-tailed South American monkey (Cabus capucinus), having the forehead naked and wrinkled, with the hair on the crown reflexed and resembling a monk's cowl, the rest being of a grayish white; -- called also capucine monkey weeper sajou sapajou, and sai.
    • Capuchin (Zoöl) A variety of the domestic pigeon having a hoodlike tuft of feathers on the head and sides of the neck.
    • Capuchin (Zoöl) Other species of Cabus, as Cabus fatuellusthe brown capucine or horned capucine.), Cabus albifronsthe cararara), and Cabus apella.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n capuchin A member of a mendicant order of Franciscan monks, founded in Italy in 1528 by Matteo di Bassi, and named from the long pointed capouch or cowl which is the distinguishing mark of their dress. According to the statutes of the order, drawn up in 1529, the monks were to live by begging; they were not to use gold or silver or silk in the decoration of their altars, and the chalices were to be of pewter. The Capuchins are most numerous in Austria. In the United States they have convents in the dioceses of Green Bay, Milwaukee, Leavenworth, and New York. See Franciscan.
    • n capuchin [lowercase] A variety of pigeon with a range of inverted feathers on the back of the head, like the cap or cowl of a monk.
    • n capuchin [lowercase] A South American monkey, Cebus capucinus, having black on the head, like the hood or cowl of a Capuchin; hence, any sapajou or monkey of the genus Cebus. Also written capucine. See cut under Cebinæ.
    • n capuchin [lowercase] One of the baldheaded fruit-crows of South America, Gymnocephalus calvus.
    • n capuchin A large loose hood worn by women in the eighteenth century.
    • n capuchin A hooded cloak of the same period.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Capuchin (kap′ū-chin or kap-ōō-shēn′) a Franciscan monk, so called from the hood he wears: a hooded pigeon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. capucin, a monk who wears a cowl, fr. It. cappuccio, hood. See Capoch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. capucin, It. cappucino, a small cowl—Low L. cappa. See Cap, Cape.


In literature:

The convent of the Capuchins at Seville at one time possessed twenty pictures by this master.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture" by Clara Erskine Clement
Early in 1812 Hoffmann was invited to a banquet at the monastery of the Capuchins; and the visit made an extraordinary impression upon him.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
The capuchin now hastened with long unfriar-like strides towards the high garden wall, climbed it nimbly like a cat and disappeared.
"Tales from the German" by Various
They first finish up Smith street, then Hare street, Church street, Salt street, and Capuchin street.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
The Capuchines are Capuchin nuns.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
Get me Claire's lace mantilla and her wrapper with the capuchin hood.
"The White Plumes of Navarre" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
In the cathedral there was a bell with the inscription 'Te Deum laudamus,' probably a relic of the Capuchins.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
One afternoon not long after this we went to the Capuchin monastery of the Annunziata.
"Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
In the Washington collection there is a little Capuchin by the name of Pedro.
"The Speech of Monkeys" by R. L. Garner
If I live long enough, I may yet see him turn Capuchin, build a cloister, and go about begging.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden

In news:

Advetising execs and scientists are experimenting with ads designed specifically to target capuchin monkeys like these.
Brother Bob Malloy is a very quiet, gentle friar who serves as the Pastoral Director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit.
White-faced capuchin monkey born at Jungle Island.
Officials have denied a Las Vegas-area man's request to keep four chimps and a capuchin monkey in a residential neighborhood.
This is Kenzy, a 7-year-old chimpanzee , one of four chimps and a capuchin monkey at the center of a battle before Clark County commissioners, Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012.
"We concerned that people take our name and use it in an illegitimate way," said Father Larry Weber with the Capuchins.
Elyse Adams, Special to The Plain Dealer A Capuchin monkey, also called a white-faced monkey, and his family entertained hikers on a trail in Costa Rica 's Manuel Antonio National Park.
Florida man said his 19-year-old Capuchin monkey never bit before.
A Florida man's 19-year-old Capuchin monkey (not the Capuchin shown in this file image) is on house arrest after biting a man near Cocoa Beach last weekend.
A Capuchin friar from Beechview who served as a leader of the Lawrenceville-based religious community has been named bishop of a mountain diocese in Papua New Guinea .
Otmar Gallagher / Capuchin missionary in Puerto Rico and Papua New Guinea.
Otmar Gallagher / Capuchin missionary in Puerto Rico and Papua New Guinea .
Peanut , a female capuchin, was involved in a drug sting.
A capuchin monkey named Joey, an ex-pet, stands in an enclosure at Primarily Primates , Inc, in San Antonio, Texas.
(Video Icon) Video text — Rascal, a capuchin monkey, "acts up" for Understanding Wildlife's Mike Koh.