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 weather was 85 degrees and sunny every day, and our Oasis vacation rental came with a bottle of mezcal that was perfect for sipping as a nightcap every evening. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where We Went This Weekend: Costa Rica, Mexico City, and Nashville," 4 June 2018 This is a really good nightcap, which, again, is probably another reason to come up after dinner downstairs. San Francisco Chronicle, "Act I," 4 Jan. 2013 Or use one of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts as a nightcap. Stefanie Groner, Glamour, "11 Virtual Dates You Can Go On in Quarantine," 3 Apr. 2020 Bush and Katy were separated by no more than two possessions for much of their bi-district nightcap, with Bush holding a 27-26 halftime advantage. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Travis, Bush pass first-round tests," 26 Feb. 2020 Have Zion in Denver as a nightcap, and that’s a perfect way to kickstart the second leg of the NBA season. Michael Shapiro,, "NBA Schedule Release: Interesting Storylines That Will Shape the 2019-20 Season," 13 Aug. 2019 The nightcap will feature host and top-ranked Warren Central — a 57-34 winner over Tech on Tuesday — against North Central. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Lawrence North tops No. 9 Cathedral, but a sectional gauntlet awaits," 27 Feb. 2018 Yastrzemski was the only Giant to play all 38 innings in Denver and went 9-for-19 with three doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and six runs. - and did so despite going 0-for-4 in the nightcap of Monday's doubleheader. Henry Schulman,, "Giants complete crushing four-game sweep of Rockies, return home six wins richer," 17 July 2019 In the nightcap, Mount Notre Dame kept rolling by ending Springboro's season 69-34. Scott Springer,, "Cincinnati high school basketball: MND advances, Mercy McAuley falls in DI semifinals," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nightcap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2020

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“Nightcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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

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