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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Cap, n.1 Also: kap; cape, caipe, kepp. [e.m.E. cap(p, ME. cappe, OE. cæppe, cappa.]

1. A cap for the head.See also hunting, nicht, riding cap.(a) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1045.
Speir at ȝour doctour of diuinitie, With his reid cap
Ib. 1054.
Be ȝone reid cap I ken The taill is trew
Id. Test. Cr. 271.
Befor Cupide veiling his cap alyte, [he] Speiris the caus of that vocatioun
1526 Treas. Acc. V. 274.
Thre fyne cappis fedderat and rubanit as efferit, be the Kingis grace himself
15.. Christis K. (B).
With bowgaris of barnis thay beft blew kappis
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2348.
With oritioun or offerand, Kneland with cap in to thare hand
c1550 Rolland C. Venus i. 84.
The glaidest man was gayest for to se, With scarlet cap
1558-66 Knox I. 227.
The … Scottishmen putt on thare cappes, thare hoodis [etc.]
a1570-86 Maitland M. Fol. xxii. 19.
The preistis thocht that thai did weill Quhone that thai … Vsit round cappis and gownis to thair heill
1628 Soc. Ant. XXVIII. 443.
They can not muster befoir vour L. with thair trewis & blew cappis
(b) 1643 Acts VI. 43/2.
That the horsemen be airmed with pistollis, bread swordis, and steill capes
1683 Lanark B. Rec. 218.
To ansuer for ther cutting … ane velvet mortcloath … to make kepps therof

b. Attrib. with band. 1606 Acts IV. 298/1.
Ane cape band of gold

2. A cap for a torch. 1498–9 Acta Conc. II. 297.
Twa torches, … twa cappis of torches
1502–3 Treas. Acc. II. 248.
For iiij cappes to torches for the Freris of Strivelin

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