Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • The neutered rooster, called a capon, was also prized for its fat.

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  • _ “Gallinacius/the capon is a gelded cocke/& because

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  • They also house their extra females at these capon ranches.

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  • I rose to follow him, quickly running my tongue over my teeth to check for any bits of food—I was regretting the peppered capon from this morning.

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  • But the four paragraphs after that, where I went off like a capon, were taken word-for-word from Glenn Beck.

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  • The "guests", FBC, DIRTY STRAGGLER and whomsoever is available are doing whatever the late capon bourgeoisie do at a gathering for a holidaymaker mealtime: Greeting those they haversack't met in a few monthlies, looking at or taking photographers and unconsciously "consenting to exist" as a Romanian would say.

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  • I go to Tuscany, and cappelletti – pasta knots stuffed with cheese, capon and pork, served in a clear capon broth – come from Emilia-Romagna, where they're a Christmas treat.

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  • May 13th, 2008 10: 09 am ET don't count her out just yet it is still time for this country to wake up and see what is good for them, Janet, capon bridge, WV gastoys

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  • I took a bite of capon, but the savory sauce it had been doused in seemed to have lost its flavor.

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