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

Definition of skycap

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Virgil is a skycap by trade but an entrepreneur by heart. John Kass,, "Column: Ten parrots and no tip: Why bad tippers must be shamed," 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, "The Best of the Biggest U.S. Airports," 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, "Tipping tips: A cheat sheet to leaving gratuities," 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, "Workers at Boston's Logan Airport Are on Strike. Here's What to Know," 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, "Miami-born comic Marvin Dixon a popular sellout at Casino @ Dania Beach," 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,, "Philly airport workers plan strike," 11 July 2017 The same is true for taxi drivers, hotel personnel and skycaps. Maren Longbella, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Friend going for new look now looks 20 years older," 5 Mar. 2017 In the past, the FAA has relented, reinstating the service — but this time the ban looks permanent, the skycaps here fear. Farhad Manjoo, WIRED, "Security Measures Hit Skycaps," 14 Sep. 2001

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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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The first known use of skycap was in 1940

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“Skycap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of skycap

US : a person whose job is to carry people's luggage at an airport

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