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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Recent Examples on the Web Kershaw lasted one inning in the shortest start of his stellar career, Bauer didn't get through the fifth in the nightcap, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Dodgers 7-1 and 4-3 Tuesday to sweep a day-night doubleheader. Andrew Seligman, ajc, "Kershaw goes 1 inning in DH opener, Dodgers swept by Cubs," 5 May 2021 Parker Carlson, Drew Druckenmiller and Gatlen Montgomery combined to strike out 13 Generals without allowing a hit in the nightcap. Reports, al, "Playoff Roundup: G.W. Long upsets Class 2A No. 1 St. Luke’s, Gardendale wins Game 3," 23 Apr. 2021 The Fighting Owls, 20-7 overall and 16-4 in MD JUCO, won game one big, 19-3, and then held on to gain the sweep with a 10-8 win in the nightcap. Adam Fornwalt,, "HCC baseball sweeps Montgomery, notches win number 20," 21 Apr. 2021 In the nightcap, Olson flicked his hands at a low, outside sinker. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hang 10: A's win streak hits double digits in sweep of doubleheader against Twins," 20 Apr. 2021 Back wearing their traditional white uniforms with red letters and numbers in the nightcap, the Red Sox lost for the third time in four games after their nine-game winning streak. Ken Powtak,, "Mercedes homers as White Sox complete sweep over Red Sox," 18 Apr. 2021 Gonzaga’s free-flowing offense was struck down in the nightcap by UCLA, which slogged down the game enough to get it to overtime., "After pandemic cancelled their December game, Baylor and Gonzaga finally meet — and this time for all the marbles," 4 Apr. 2021 The nightcap of the A’s-Twins doubleheader Tuesday in Oakland was delayed mid-game when a bank of lights went out at the Coliseum. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's-Twins game delayed by lighting outage," 20 Apr. 2021 Conforto sat out the nightcap, with Kevin Pillar playing right field instead. Mike Fitzpatrick, Star Tribune, "Stroman pitches Mets past Phils 4-0 to sweep doubleheader," 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of nightcap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2021

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“Nightcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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