Definition of redcap in English:


Line breaks: red¦cap
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛdkap


  • 1British informal A member of the military police.
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    • 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.
  • 2North American A railway porter.
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    • 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.

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