night·​cap | \ ˈnīt-ˌkap \

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

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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 Arrive early and enjoy a specialty cocktail, like the Cape May Mule, or stay a while after your meal and have a nightcap on the front porch. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Winter In Cape May, New Jersey," 10 Dec. 2018 For a nightcap, pull into Jack Rose Libation House (18840 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Five Bars Disrupting Silicon Valley’s Nightlife," 5 Dec. 2018 The last three sips of wine from dinner are perfect for me, since the ideal dessert, in my mind, is a nightcap. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Milk Punch with Sesame Cookies," 29 Nov. 2012 Cleveland edged Boston in the opening game before Houston ruined Golden State’s championship ring celebration with a victory over the Warriors in the nightcap. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "As NBA season opens, is it Warriors-Celtics when it ends?," 15 Oct. 2018 Of course, the Yankees could get even in the nightcap against rookie starter Yefry Ramírez, but that wouldn’t really change the fact that the Orioles are quietly having a real impact on the AL East race. Peter Schmuck,, "Far out of the pennant race, Orioles still might have a say in who wins it," 10 July 2018 In the intermission between Texas A&M's 10-3 win over Indiana and the Austin Regional's nightcap between Texas and Texas Southern, two streams formed around the admittance gates along the perimeter of Disch-Falk Field. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas dominates Texas Southern to set up regional meeting with Texas A&M," 1 June 2018 In the nightcap, the Mets fell, 3-1, thanks to a bases-clearing double by Aaron Nola, the Phillies starting pitcher, off starter Corey Oswalt in the fifth inning. James Wagner, New York Times, "Todd Frazier Heads for Second Stint on the Disabled List," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of nightcap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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someone who never drinks alcohol

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