What does the word nightcap mean?

Usage examples for nightcap

  1. By a hasty transformation, due to a nightcap on the bandages about the head, and an old petticoat over my feet, Captain William's insensible friend was introduced to him as the sore sick great- grandmother of the tribe, mother of Kiomi's mother, aged ninety- one. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  2. A fresh peal of laughter answered him " I make the proposition to confer the nightcap on him as a punishment for his crime, and to form a jury for this purpose." – Dame Care by Hermann Sudermann
  3. The driver, dismounting, knocked loud and long, until the door was opened by an exceedingly stout man of about sixty years of age; he held a dim light in his hand, and was dressed in a red nightcap and dirty striped shirt. – The Bible in Spain by George Borrow