1) A castrated cock, fattened for the dinner table, sometimes given by a tenant in part payment for his holding.
1297-8 Et in putura porcorum, caponum et aucarum, Bolton Priory
1445-6 ij capon’ ... emptis, York
1570 and also foure capons and hennes in the weke next before Christmas every yere, Meltham
1603 one capon at the Feaste of Pentecoste yearlie, Whitley
1609 George Gatenby ... brought me a cocke for a capon, Brandsby.