• He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead
    He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nightcap the final game of a double header
    • n nightcap a cloth cap worn in bed
    • n nightcap an alcoholic drink taken at bedtime; often alcoholic
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A man in a nightcap with a devil pulling on the end A man in a nightcap with a devil pulling on the end

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nightcap A cap worn in bed to protect the head, or in undress.
    • Nightcap An alcoholic beverage drunk at bedtime.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nightcap A covering for the head intended to be worn in bed. In the time of the Tudors, and down to Queen Anne's reign, nightcaps, frequently of very rich material and ornament, were worn by men during the daytime after their wigs were taken off.
    • n nightcap A potation of spirit or wine taken before going to bed.
    • n nightcap A cap drawn over a criminal's face when he is hanged. Sometimes horse-nightcap.
    • n nightcap A bully; a night-brawler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Nightcap a cap worn at night in bed (so Night′dress, -shirt, &c.): a dram taken before going to bed: a cap drawn over the face before hanging
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. niht; Ger. nacht, L. nox.


In literature:

We know that in his case Love's clairvoyant instinct had got its nightcap on.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Or, at least, do it up, and not that hateful nightcap?
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
You might knit him a nightcap.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
In the very next house to Lillie's grandfather's, lived "little Alice," about whom you have heard in "Nightcaps.
"Baby Nightcaps" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
You wish I'd make you a present of that nightcap, to remember me by?
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
By that time, we may be disposed for our nightcaps.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Here, the old nightcaps have the monopoly.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
The red head of the bird is supposed to represent the red nightcap worn by Gertrude.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The common nightcap is too familiar, the common hat too stiff.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
And this prodigy was created by one grand, complete and unusual slumber, when wearing a nightcap!
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various

In poetry:

He set his horse to the river,
He swam to Newbury town,
And he called up Justice Sewall
In his nightcap and his gown.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Mother beside the fire
Sat, her nightcap in;
Father, in easy chair,
Gloomily napping,
When at the window-sill
Came a light tapping!
"The Willow-Tree (Another Version)" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Now it so chanced the Ogre had seven daughters,
And all slept in one bed,
In a large room, and each wore for a nightcap
A gold crown on her head.
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
Is there a De Sauty ambulant on Tellus,
Bifid-cleft like mortals, dormient in nightcap,
Having sight, smell, hearing, food-receiving feature
Three times daily patent?
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
There was a king in Brentford,—of whom no legends tell,
But who, without his glory,—could eat and sleep right well.
His Polly's cotton nightcap,—it was his crown of state,
He slept of evenings early,—and rose of mornings late.
"The King Of Brentford" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

The Bucs dropped the first game 11-5 but came back to take the nightcap 7-3 to improve to 20-13 overall and 10-5 in conference play.
Many people believe the championship will be determined in the nightcap at Washington High School in Glendale.
People's Pharmacy: Nightcap may not be cause of sleep disruption .
A late nightcap of distinct electronica acts.
The eighth-graders fell 29-27 in the nightcap between the two schools.
Orioles drop nightcap, 9-5, split doubleheader with Blue Jays.
Manila swept a twin bill over Piggott Thursday afternoon at Manila, winning the opener 11-10 before taking the nightcap 10-6.
In the nightcap, Clint Helms tossed the first no-hitter in franchise history.
The People's Pharmacy: Is hubby 's nightcap ruining her sleep.
The Wildcat boys were dominating for three quarters during Thursday's nightcap at the Moundridge Preseason Basketball Classic, as Lyons couldn't answer the Moundridge onslaught, falling 68-52.
The Hawks dropped the first game 10-1, but avenged the loss by winning the nightcap by a score of 12-4.
After a Friday evening of gallery hopping we stop by Water Grill in Carytown for a snack and a nightcap.
In this week's edition of Cool Jobs, Nightcap takes you to a gym in McKinney, Texas where the instructor is taking his years of experience in special operations with the Army and using that knowledge to change lives.
Spring Hill won the opener 11-0, and the nightcap 9-7 to improve to 15-5 on the season.
CONWAY, Ark.—Northwestern State started the Sunday twinbill schedule with a 12-9 win over Central Arkansas, but things were not as rosey in the nightcap as UCA won 16-6 in seven innings to take the Southland Conference baseball series.