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kepi \kep"i\, n. [F. k['e]pi, of G. origin.] A military cap having a close-fitting band, a round flat top sloping toward the front, and a visor. As originally worn by the French in Algeria about 1830 it was tall and stiff with a straight visor. It is now lower, has a curved visor, and is frequently soft.

Syn: peaked cap, service cap, yachting cap.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

soldier's peaked cap, 1861, from French képi, from German Swiss käppi, diminutive of German Kappe "a cap," from Late Latin cappa "hood, cap" (see cap (n.)).


n. A cap with a flat circular top and a visor, particularly associated with French uniforms.


n. a cap with a flat circular top and a visor [syn: peaked cap, service cap, yachting cap]


KEPI (88.7 FM) is a Christian radio station licensed to Eagle Pass, Texas. The station is owned by World Radio Network, Inc.

Usage examples of "kepi".

Many of the stallkeepers have in despair deserted the toy business, and gone in for comforters, kepis, and list soles.

But in 1912 French soldiers still wore the same blue coats, red kepi, and red trousers they had worn in 1830 when rifle fire carried only two hundred paces and when armies, fighting at these close quarters, had no need for concealment.

This time two Vriks jumped on, a boy and a giri high-caste Brahmin types with short black hair and grey eyes The girl stacked her long board along the seats, the boy kepi hold of his beatbox, hefting it like a weapon.

I saw the Seine distinctly in the sunlight, and, coming along a path, the garde champetre of the district, who with his right hand touched his kepi braided in silver.

Kepi says it must have been the great French pox, but Nanantatee avers that it was the Japanese clap.

They could parade the streets, escorted by a gold-trimmed kepis that attracted the notice of the passers-by and the respectful salute of the lower ranks.

They were armed with old muskets, and were wearing the red kepis as their only military distinction.

With their cloaks adorned with medals, their theatrical Moorish garments, their kepis and their African headdresses, this heroic band presented, nevertheless, a lamentable aspect.

Among the kneeling mass were many soldiers with bandaged heads, kepis in hand and tearful eyes.

In one of the breaches appeared a red kepis followed by legs of the same color trying to clamber over the ruins.

Everywhere red pantaloons were sticking up out of the stubble, hobnailed boots glistening in upright position near the roadside, livid heads, amputated bodies, stray limbs — and, scattered through this funereal medley, red kepis and Oriental caps, helmets with tufts of horse hair, twisted swords, broken bayonets, guns and great mounds of cannon cartridges.

When uttering these words, Dona Luisa always saw Julio as he looked in a pale photograph which he had sent his father from the trenches — with kepis and military cloak, a gun in his right hand, and his face shadowed by a growing beard.

The trousers of bright scarlet cloth, the red kepis which he had hailed with such joy in the expedition of the Marne, no longer existed.

On these were hanging dark kepis, red caps, and helmets topped with tufts of horsehair, slowly disintegrating and weeping atmospheric tears at every point.

The number of bodies within could be told by the mouldering kepis or rusting helmets hanging on the arms of the cross.