sky·​cap | \ ˈskī-ˌkap How to pronounce skycap (audio) \

Definition of skycap

: one employed to carry hand luggage at an airport — compare redcap

Examples of skycap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skycap service is back at some airports, closed at others: Travelers who like the convenience of checking bags outside instead of lugging them into the terminal will find some skycap counters open and others still closed. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, 30 June 2020 Virgil is a skycap by trade but an entrepreneur by heart. John Kass,, 19 Sep. 2019 Orlando now has a customer-service department that trains all airport employees, from fast-food workers to skycaps to TSA officers, on how to make eye contact, be productive and pick up trash. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2018 Bellhop at the hotel Just like skycaps, pay a bellhop $2 for the first bag and $1 per each additional bag. Zachary Hansen, USA TODAY, 22 June 2018 The hundreds of workers are subcontractors from Flight Services & Systems and ReadyJet and include baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, skycaps and cabin cleaners, according to the Boston Globe. Lisa Marie Segarra, Time, 9 Feb. 2018 More than 25 years ago, Dixon was working as a skycap at Miami International Airport when a friend suggested he show up at an open mic night. Nick Sortal, miamiherald, 18 Dec. 2017 The union representing skycaps, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners, and baggage handlers at the luggage carousels said workers will go on strike at Philadelphia International Airport starting Wednesday. Jane M. Von Bergen,, 11 July 2017 The same is true for taxi drivers, hotel personnel and skycaps. Maren Longbella, Twin Cities, 5 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of skycap

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skycap

sky entry 1 + -cap (as in redcap)

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“Skycap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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