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night +‎ cap


nightcap (plural nightcaps)

  1. A warm cloth cap worn while sleeping, often with pajamas, being common attire in northern Europe before effective home heating became widespread. [From 14th c.]
    Winston wore a nightcap to stave off the cold.
  2. A beverage drunk before bed that is usually alcoholic. [From 1818.]
    I'll make myself a nightcap of whisky and lemon before heading to bed.
  3. (by extension, figuratively) Something the person reads or listens to before bed.
  4. (US, sports, baseball) The final match of a sporting contest, especially the second game of a baseball doubleheader. [From 1939.]
  5. (historical) A cap drawn over the face of the condemned person before they are hanged.