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

The survey of his relationship history begins with Edward Albee, who lured the aspiring young writer up to his apartment for a nightcap. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: PBS documentary of playwright Terrence McNally celebrates a master of connection," 13 June 2019 Laureano extended his on-base streak to 27 games, the longest current streak in the major leagues, with a second-inning single in the nightcap after singling in the fourth inning of the opener. Jeff Miller, The Mercury News, "A’s go quiet in second game of doubleheader sweep, lose 3-1 to Rangers," 8 June 2019 Shianne Smith gave up just two hits in the nightcap, a 10-1 win in five innings. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Gabbie Plain improves to 7-1 as Washington beats Oregon State," 29 Mar. 2019 With England’s World Cup victory assured, with more tennis still to be played, fans filed back into Centre Court, filling it to capacity in hopes of capping the dizzying day with a rip-roaring nightcap. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Wimbledon Has a New Doubles Event: Tennis and the World Cup," 7 July 2018 Ramon Torres, who's hit .391 (9 for 23) this spring, tallied the Royals' first hit of the nightcap in the sixth inning. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Junis, Royals sharp in doubleheader opener; Rule-5 acquisition falters in nightcap | The Kansas City Star," 12 Mar. 2018 It was set to be a tripleheader of boys basketball teams, with the nightcap a clash of Covington Catholic and Cooper, last year’s Ninth Region finalists and currently two top-five teams in the Associated Press state poll. Scott Springer,, "Schedule changes for high school sports, Jan. 12," 12 Jan. 2018 Gonzaga will open against Illinois in the nightcap of the Maui Invitational’s first day. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Gonzaga, Arizona, Duke among teams in loaded Maui Invitational," 24 July 2018 The Bulls scored four runs in the first inning of the nightcap and were never threatened. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Knights are on a quest to reclaim a minor-league title. Fireworks can help.," 1 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nightcap.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of nightcap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nightcap

Statistics for nightcap

Last Updated

19 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nightcap

The first known use of nightcap was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nightcap



English Language Learners Definition of nightcap

: a drink that you have just before you go to bed at night and that usually has alcohol in it
: a cloth cap that people used to wear in bed in the past

More from Merriam-Webster on nightcap

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with nightcap

Comments on nightcap

What made you want to look up nightcap? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having a desire to acquire more things

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!