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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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 In the nightcap at Campanelli Stadium, the Rebels watched their five-run lead dissipate in the ninth inning before regrouping to defeat the Hornets in the 10th to stay alive in the tournament. Karl Capen,, "Wachusett stuns Lexington with four-run ninth," 9 June 2018 Dunkin Donuts Bristol will face Pauly Chute Slamm in the opener, and BodyRoc Fit Lab will face defending champion Attorney Deron Freemon in the nightcap., "Regional Digest: USA Softball Of Connecticut Announces Hall Of Fame Class," 9 July 2018 The wine list is tight, with a few by-the-glass options, but our favorite non-alcoholic nightcap is the refreshing corn silk tea. Bon Appetit, "Atoboy," 25 June 2018 Montague called a good game in the nightcap and slept well. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "What Giants and Dodgers are missing and Yankees and Red Sox have," 11 May 2018 After taking the top half of the doubleheader 5-0, the Tigers pounded the Crimson Tide 20-5 in the nightcap that ended after midnight. Michael Casagrande,, "Auburn sweeps Alabama, 44-10," 21 Apr. 2018 Moeller advances to the regional semifinal where the Crusaders will face the winner of Saturday’s UD Arena nightcap between Elder and Springfield. John Snodgrass,, "Moeller High School boys basketball rolls to district title behind Hayes, Davenport," 10 Mar. 2018 Nutella nightcap Might as well enjoy Nutella all the way through bedtime. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spread the love: Nutella is a chocolaty kiss of bliss for your valentine (or you)," 2 Feb. 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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