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 nightcap of the A’s-Twins doubleheader Tuesday in Oakland was delayed mid-game when a bank of lights went out at the Coliseum. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's-Twins game delayed by lighting outage," 20 Apr. 2021 Conforto sat out the nightcap, with Kevin Pillar playing right field instead. Mike Fitzpatrick, Star Tribune, "Stroman pitches Mets past Phils 4-0 to sweep doubleheader," 13 Apr. 2021 The weekend’s most agonizing moment came in Friday’s nightcap when Concordia rallied for four runs in the final inning for a walkoff win. San Diego Union-Tribune, "College baseball wrapup: Lost weekend for local teams," 11 Apr. 2021 Willie’s second blast won the nightcap in the ninth inning despite two more Hodges homers off Johnny Podres. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Dodgers Dugout: Meet your new closer (same as the old closer): Kenley Jansen," 23 Mar. 2021 Crestwood played two games Saturday, splitting its doubleheader and winning the nightcap at home behind Trent Jakacki’s game-high 29 points. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Undefeated Mentor locked in with Kyle Culler’s return: Boys basketball rewind," 21 Feb. 2021 Fox Sports 1 has the first game and ESPN2 has the nightcap. Joe Reedy,, "MLS debuts 2nd screen, enhanced data broadcasts for playoffs," 20 Nov. 2020 Well, the Giants beat Pittsburgh 7-3 on the Sunday, but the Dodgers split a pair at Philadelphia to clinch, Sandy Koufax winning the nightcap. John Shea,, "Giants’ playoff hopes: The 12 other times it’s come down to the season’s last day," 27 Sep. 2020 Springer led off the nightcap with a homer to left off Dillon Peters. Joe Reedy, Houston Chronicle, "Astros suffer doubleheader sweep against Angels," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of nightcap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Apr 2021

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“Nightcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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