nightcap

noun night·cap \ ˈnīt-ˌkap \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

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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First Known Use of nightcap

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nightcap

Definition of nightcap for English Language Learners

  • : 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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