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nightcap

[nahyt-kap] /ˈnaɪtˌkæp/
noun
1.
Informal. an alcoholic drink taken at bedtime or at the end of a festive evening.
2.
a cap for the head, intended primarily to be worn in bed.
3.
Sports Informal. the last event of the program for the day, especially the second game of a doubleheader in baseball or the last race of the day in horse racing.
Origin of nightcap
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see night, cap1
Related forms
nightcapped, adjective
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  • Branicki, who was dressed in a magnificent gown and supported by pillows and cushions, greeted me by taking off his nightcap.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • I suppose after what you've said it's no use asking you to have a nightcap, Vane?

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • The old thoughts, the old dreams—yes, they remained still in the old bachelor's nightcap.

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland Hans Christian Andersen
  • The word 'nightcap' is spelled with and without a hyphen in the text.

  • Youll never have the laugh at me, though, unless its behind a nightcap.

    Oliver Twist, Vol. I (of 3) Charles Dickens
  • We know that in his case Love's clairvoyant instinct had got its nightcap on.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • If a nightcap can extinguish my imagination at bed-time, thank God for the discovery!

  • And so the nightcap is put on, and the bolt is drawn for poor T.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for nightcap

nightcap

/ˈnaɪtˌkæp/
noun
1.
a bedtime drink, esp an alcoholic or hot one
2.
a soft cap formerly worn in bed
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Word Origin and History for nightcap
n.

also night-cap, late 14c., "covering for the head, worn in bed," from night + cap (n.). In the alcoholic sense, it is attested from 1818. American English sense of "final event in a sporting contest" (especially the second game of a baseball double-header) is from 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nightcap

nightcap

noun

  1. A drink taken just before going to bed or the last drink of the evening, esp an alcoholic drink: Let's stop at Joe's for a nightcap (1818+)
  2. The second game of a doubleheader (1917+ Baseball)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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