Definition of


  1. (noun, person) the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate

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Alternate forms of Capo

Hypernyms: chief, head, top dog

Origin of the word Capo

  1. "leader of a Mafia 'family,' " 1952, from It., lit. "head." more
  2. "pitch-altering device for a stringed instrument," 1946, short for capo tasto (1876), from It., lit. "head stop." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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