Friday, 6 June 2014


Today's WOTD is: "capa" = cape

In Spanish, “capa” is a feminine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is cape, as in:
  • Ana llevaba capa para protegerse de la lluvia (Ana was wearing a cape to keep the rain off);

The noun “capa” also means layer, as in:
  • La atmósfera es una capa gaseosa que envuelve la tierra (the atmosphere is a layer of gas which surrounds the earth);

Some expressions with the word “capa” are:
  • Andar de capa caída (to be going through hard times/ to be down in the dumps);
    • Pedro anda de capa caída (Pedro is down in the dumps);
  • Capa de ozono (ozone layer);
  • Defender a capa y espada (to defend someone or something tooth and nail);
    • Pedro defiende a sus amigos a capa y espada (Pedro defends his friends tooth and nail);
  • Hacer de mi/ tu/ su/ etc. capa un sayo (to act with a kind of arrogant disregard for others/ the consequences of one's actions -idiom);
    • Pedro hace de su capa un sayo (Pedro does as he pleases/ couldn't care less about anything or anybody); loves the word "capa" in the YouTube clip: Tuna deEmpresariales de Melilla 2007 Las cintas de mi capa

For more on the word "capa", visit: Capa

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “capa” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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