- a member of a branch (Friars Minor Capuchin) of the Franciscan order that adheres strictly to the original rule
- a woman's cloak with a hood
- any of a genus (Cebus) of New World monkeys with a nearly bare face and a hoodlike crown of hair
Origin of CapuchinFr, monk who wears a cowl ; from Italian cappuccino, diminutive of capuche
- Capuchin A monk belonging to the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, an independent order of Franciscans founded in Italy in 1525–1528 and dedicated to preaching and missionary work.
- A hooded cloak worn by women.
- Any of several monkeys of the genus Cebus of Central and South America, having a prehensile tail and often a black or brown cap of hair on top of the head. Also called sapajou.
Origin of capuchinObsolete French, from Italian cappuccino, pointed cowl, Capuchin, from cappuccio, hood; see capuche.
- A capuchin monkey.
- A member of an order of Roman Catholic friars.