a soft, wide, circular collar that covers the shoulders and the upper arms like a cape.
Cape. Sounion, Cape. Historical Examples Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius Fox’s Book of Martyrs John Foxe Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius Tales from “Blackwood” Various Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton The Grey Room Eden Phillpotts Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
former name of Cape of Good Hope. noun the name from 1652 until 1910 of the former Cape Province of South Africa
a South African of mixed European and African or Malayan ancestry.
Also, cap it all off. Finish or complete something, as in To cap it all off they served three kinds of dessert. Surpass or outdo something, as in This last story of Henry’s caps them all. Both usages employ cap in the sense of “topping” something. [ First half of 1800s ]