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redcap

Syllabification: red·cap
Pronunciation: /ˈredˌkap
 
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Definition of redcap in English:

noun

1North American A railroad porter.
[ late 19th century: first used because John Williams, a porter in Grand Central Terminal, New York City, wore a cap with a red flannel strip in order to attract attention]
Example sentences
  • The word redcap (a porter) originally referred to a piece of red flannel tied for visibility around the caps of baggage carriers at New York's Grand Central Station.
  • The flurry of activity led to mobilization of car attendants not employed directly by the Pullman Company and redcaps, plus the establishment of joint councils to handle jurisdictional disputes.
  • This impacted the travel industry dramatically and affected many African Americans who serviced travelers as taxi drivers, hotel maids, and redcaps.
2British informal A member of the military police.
Example sentences
  • After the redcaps ' sudden visit that sunny afternoon, we knew why.
  • When we moved up to the attack we lost sight of them, but they actually cleared off and were caught by the redcaps.

Words that rhyme with redcap

blackcapkneecap

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