nightcap etymology

English word nightcap comes from English night, English cap

Detailed word origin of nightcap

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
night English (eng) (countable) A night (and part of the days before and after it) spent in a hotel or other accommodation.. (countable) An evening or night spent at a particular activity.. (countable) The period between sunset and sunrise, when a location faces far away from the sun, thus when the sky is dark.. (sports, colloquial) A night's worth of competitions, generally one game.. (uncountable) A dark blue [...]
cap English (eng) (colloquial) A recording or screenshot. (electronics) capacitor (architecture) The uppermost of any assemblage of parts.. (geometry) A portion of a spherical or other convex surface.. (nautical) A collar of iron or wood used in joining spars, as the mast and the topmast, the bowsprit and the jib boom; also, a covering of tarred canvas at the end of a rope.. (obsolete) A respectful uncovering [...]
nightcap English (eng) (US, sport, baseball) The final match of a sporting contest, especially the second game of a baseball doubleheader. [From 1939.]. (by extension, figuratively) Something the person reads or listens to before bed.. (historical) A cap drawn over the face of the condemned person before they are hanged.. A beverage drunk before bed that is usually alcoholic. [From 1818.]. A warm cloth cap worn [...]

Words with the same origin as nightcap

Descendants of night
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