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 In the nightcap, the Ducks erupted in an 18-0, five-inning rout of GW. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon softball sweeps BYU, George Washington," 7 Feb. 2020 Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland’s highly touted 6-foot-9, 14-year-old freshman Jalen Lewis drilled a 17-footer with four seconds left to give the Dragons a 50-49 victory over Campolindo-Moraga in the nightcap Monday night. Mitch Stephens,, "Big shot from 14-year-old freshman Jalen Lewis carries O’Dowd past Campolindo," 20 Jan. 2020 Cathedral is back at it Saturday night at Marion in the nightcap of the Marion Classic at 8 p.m. Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Sophomore Comer sparks rally as Cathedral downs Avon in wild shootout," 4 Jan. 2020 Again, something to last the week and pull out when friends pop in for a holiday after-dinner nightcap: classic no-bake haystack cookies! Katie Workman, NBC News, "Sunday Suppers: An easy dinner you can make in your slow cooker," 22 Dec. 2019 But back to the tree: It will be illuminated at 7 p.m. Pair it with a holiday nightcap at Miracle, a pop-up Christmas bar at nearby Death or Glory. Phillip Valys,, "Get lit: Top 10 Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Miami," 29 Nov. 2019 Watch the injury report closely leading up to the Thanksgiving nightcap. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Fantasy Football Report: Week 13," 27 Nov. 2019 The Spartans will be tested right away against the Wildcats in Tuesday’s Champions Classic nightcap at Madison Square Garden. Teddy Greenstein,, "No. 1 Michigan State, which opens the college basketball season vs. No. 2 Kentucky, is willing to sacrifice for a special season. In 2019, that means deleting Twitter.," 4 Nov. 2019 But even that feat was eclipsed by Torres, whose solo home run in the first game was joined by three-run shots in the fifth and sixth innings of the nightcap. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, "Facing Little Resistance, the Yankees Make Health Their Main Goal," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nightcap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nightcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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