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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Petrenko, say those who know him and love him (that seems to go hand in hand), has music for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a nightcap. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A shy Siberian conductor in Berlin may be just what the music world needs," 28 Aug. 2019 Manager Bruce Bochy said after the nightcap that Pomeranz will start Tuesday night. Henry Schulman,, "Giants option Dereck Rodriguez after stellar start, recall Andrew Suarez," 16 July 2019 As the evening drew to a close, much later than planned (a telltale sign of a good party), those who weren’t scooting to another show or event dashed through the downpour to nearby L’Avenue for truffle risotto and a nightcap. Jasmine Contomichalos, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Played the Hostess with the Mostess at this Year's Americans in Paris Cocktail Party," 4 Mar. 2019 My wanting to have an escape from my problems wasn’t inherently a bad thing (doesn’t everyone do that in some shape or form—a Netflix binge, a nightcap?). Dan Roe, SELF, "I Was Smoking Weed to Avoid All My Stress and Responsibilities—and Then I Got Punched in the Face," 2 Aug. 2018 Tired-but-wired campaign aides shuffled into the bar for a nightcap. Washington Post, "‘Why do you look so familiar?’: In Detroit, presidential wannabes try to make themselves worth recognizing," 1 Aug. 2019 In the nightcap, Portland’s Denyi Reyes scattered three singles over six innings in improving to 6-9 on the season. Staff Report,, "Portland sweeps pair from Yard Goats," 24 July 2019 Despite an encouraging starting performance from left-hander Kyle Freeland, the Rockies lost the nightcap 2-0 because of a no-show offense and a costly error. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies swept in doubleheader by Nationals, now 3-16 over last 19 games," 24 July 2019 In-between, Smith saved Monday's one-run win in the doubleheader nightcap. Henry Schulman,, "Giants closer Will Smith’s two blown saves show how elusive perfection can be," 17 July 2019

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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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