Superman is easily recognizable by his red cape, a sleeveless garment that hangs from his shoulders and rustles in the wind when he flies.

The word cape comes from the Latin cappa meaning "covering for the head." Capes aren't just worn by superheroes. A poncho is a type of cape that you wear in the rain to stay dry. Speaking of water, a cape is also a stretch of land that extends into a body of water — like Cape Cod, which extends into the Atlantic Ocean.

Primary Meanings of cape

a strip of land projecting into a body of water
a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter
Full Definitions of cape

n a strip of land projecting into a body of water

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Cape Horn
a rocky headland belonging to Chile at the southernmost tip of South America (south of Tierra del Fuego)
a cape at the southern tip of Norway
Cape Passero
a cape that forms the southeastern corner of the island of Sicily
Cape of Good Hope
a point of land in southwestern South Africa (south of Cape Town)
Cape May
a cape of southeast New Jersey extending into the Atlantic Ocean
Cape Fear
a cape in southeastern North Carolina extending into the Atlantic Ocean
Cape Flattery
a cape of northwestern Washington
Cape Froward
a cape on the Strait of Magellan in southern Chile; the most southern point on the mainland of South America
Cape Hatteras
a promontory on Hatteras Island off the Atlantic coast of North Carolina
Cape Sable
a cape at the southwest tip of Florida; the southernmost part of the United States mainland
Cape Trafalgar
a small cape in southwestern Spain
Cape York
the northern tip of Cape York Peninsula at the Torres Strait; the northernmost point of the Australian mainland
Hoek van Holland
a cape on the southwestern coast of the Netherlands near Rotterdam
Skagens Odde
a cape on the northernmost tip of Jutland between the Skagerrak and the Kattegatt
spit, tongue
a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea
Type of:
dry land, earth, ground, land, solid ground, terra firma
the solid part of the earth's surface

n a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter

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a short mantle or cape fastened at the shoulder; worn by men in ancient Greece
mantelet, mantilla
short cape worn by women
a sleeveless cape that is lined or trimmed with fur
a woman's fur shoulder cape with hanging ends; often consisting of the whole fur of a fox or marten
Type of:
a loose outer garment

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