night·​cap | \ ˈnīt-ˌkap How to pronounce nightcap (audio) \

Definition of nightcap

1 : a cloth cap worn with nightclothes
2 : a usually alcoholic drink taken at the end of the day
3 : the final race or contest of a day's sports especially : the second game of a baseball doubleheader

Examples of nightcap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Right-hander Jordan Lyles pitched 7 1/3 in Sunday’s first game and left-hander Bruce Zimmermann went six innings in the nightcap. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 9 May 2022 Alonso almost single-handedly lifted the Mets in the nightcap, driving a changeup from Cristopher Sánchez (0-1) deep to left for a two-run homer in the first. Aaron Bracy, Hartford Courant, 8 May 2022 In the nightcap, the Dodgers won 6-2 behind a five-RBI performance from Mookie Betts, who went two for five with a three-run double and two-run homer, but also a solid five-inning, two-run, seven-strikeout start from Tyler Anderson. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Hewitt lost Friday’s first game 6-5 before rallying and shutting out the Jets 3-0 in the nightcap and setting up the winner-take-all game Saturday in Madison. Reports, al, 7 May 2022 The nightcap, of course, is the one dominating the spotlight as long-time archrivals Duke and North Carolina square off in what might just be the most anticipated game in this event’s history. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2022 The Christmas Day nightcap is Indianapolis at Arizona with the Colts surging winning five of their last six games while the Cardinals have lost two straight including last week as a 13-point favorite at Detroit. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 After the nightcap, Manoah greeted his cheering section by posing for pictures near the seats down the left field line. Larry Fleisher, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 In the nightcap, the New Hampshire pitching staff tightened up even more as Nick Fraze (1-0) picked up the win allowing three hits – all singles -- over five innings. Hartford Courant, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nightcap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2022

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“Nightcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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