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

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With England’s World Cup victory assured, with more tennis still to be played, fans filed back into Centre Court, filling it to capacity in hopes of capping the dizzying day with a rip-roaring nightcap. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Wimbledon Has a New Doubles Event: Tennis and the World Cup," 7 July 2018 Ramon Torres, who's hit .391 (9 for 23) this spring, tallied the Royals' first hit of the nightcap in the sixth inning. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Junis, Royals sharp in doubleheader opener; Rule-5 acquisition falters in nightcap | The Kansas City Star," 12 Mar. 2018 It was set to be a tripleheader of boys basketball teams, with the nightcap a clash of Covington Catholic and Cooper, last year’s Ninth Region finalists and currently two top-five teams in the Associated Press state poll. Scott Springer,, "Schedule changes for high school sports, Jan. 12," 12 Jan. 2018 Gonzaga will open against Illinois in the nightcap of the Maui Invitational’s first day. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Gonzaga, Arizona, Duke among teams in loaded Maui Invitational," 24 July 2018 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

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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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