Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1973–1991 (1993) is a Jethro Tull double CD album released on 22 November 1993 with older and previously unreleased material. The first CD contains material recorded in August 1972, much of which would be re-recorded and re-arranged as their sixth album, A Passion Play (1973). (The lyrics to "Critique Oblique" and "Scenario" actually refer to "passion play".) "Scenario", "Audition" and "No Rehearsal" had previously appeared on the 20 Years of Jethro Tull box set as parts of a single track entitled "The Chateau d'Isaster Tapes"; this overall title is also used on Nightcap as the title of Disc one. The second CD ranges from 1974 to 1991. The album was produced in limited quantities with proceeds going to charity.
A nightcap is a warm cloth cap worn while sleeping, often with pajamas or a nightshirt. They are similar to winter "beanies" worn in cold climates. They were common in northern Europe before central heating was available, when homes were cold at night.
Women's night caps usually consisted of a long piece of cloth wrapped around the head. Men's nightcaps were traditionally pointed, with a long top, usually accompanied by a small ball of some sort, which was used similar to a scarf. It kept the neck warm while not being so long that it could wrap around and become a strangulation hazard.
In the Tyburn and Newgate days of British judicial hanging history, the hood used to hide the prisoner’s final agonies was actually a nightcap supplied by the prisoner themselves, if they could afford it. When they had finished their prayers, the hangman simply pulled it down over their face. In some cases, women might choose a bonnet with a veil instead. From around 1850, a white linen hood was provided by the authorities as part of the execution process.
Nightcaps are not often worn in modern times. They are often featured in animation and other media as part of a character's nightwear.
A nightcap is an alcoholic beverage consumed prior to falling asleep. Traditional nightcaps include brandy, bourbon, and cream-based liqueurs such as Irish cream. Wine and beer can also function as nightcaps.
In folk medicine, consuming a nightcap is for the purpose of sleep induction. Alcohol is not recommended by many doctors as a sleep aid, as it may interfere with sleep quality.
Nightcap (1950s TV series)
Nightcap is a Canadian musical variety television series which aired on CBC Television from 1953 to 1954.
Nightcap (1960s TV series)
Nightcap is a Canadian comedy and variety television series which aired on CBC Television from 1963 to 1967.
Nightcap may refer to:
- Nightcap (garment), soft cloth cap worn in bed
- Nightcap (beverage), alcoholic beverage consumed before going to bed
- Nightcap National Park, New South Wales, Australia
- Nightcap Range Important Bird Area, New South Wales, Australia
- Nightcaps, New Zealand community
- Nightcap (album), a 1993 double-disk album by Jethro Tull
- The NightCap, Australian late-night TV show airing online and on Channel 7 HD from February 2008
- Nightcap (1950s TV series), Canadian music variety television series
- Nightcap (1960s TV series), Canadian comedy and variety television series
- Nightcaps (band), American lounge music band active 1994-Present
- Nightcap, night game of a baseball doubleheader
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. 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.) 2 A beverage drunk before bed that is usually alcoholic. (From 1818.) 3 (context US sport baseball English) The final match of a sporting contest, especially the second game of a baseball doubleheader. (From 1939.)
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Nightcap \Night"cap`\, n.
A cap worn in bed to protect the head, or in undress.
An alcoholic beverage drunk at bedtime. [Cant]
n. an alcoholic drink taken at bedtime; often alcoholic
a cloth cap worn in bed
the final game of a double header
Usage examples of "nightcap".
One night when the old countess, in nightcap and dressing jacket, without her false curls, and with her poor little knob of hair showing under her white cotton cap, knelt sighing and groaning on a rug and bowing to the ground in prayer, her door creaked and Natasha, also in a dressing jacket with slippers on her bare feet and her hair in curlpapers, ran in.
Sancho responded that they had, but he was missing three nightcaps that were worth three cities.
Rachel laughed, her smile returning at the sight of the two girls in white nightcaps and heavy robes.
The fishermen were drawing their flat-bottomed boats up higher, and carrying their nets and ropes within doors for shelter, while a few strong old men, in their nightcaps and blue guernseys, were stolidly smoking in the rain and nodding their heads out at the sea.
We talked for a while until the girls decided to go to bed, then Ashton suggested a nightcap.
He wore his cloth nightcap and striped nightshirt and, all in all, he was as warm as a honeycake in a dwarfs oven.
I saw the face of a young man whom I did not know, his head covered with a nightcap, but the rest perfectly naked, as indeed was my mistress.
Then came a brewage, which the farmer called his nightcap, of which he insisted on Mr.
She was so stupid and so irritating, she couldn't imagine how her brother could bear her, except that she seemed very coy and clingy when they left, and she was still giggling when they got I I into his car to go out for a nightcap.
I did so, fretting and fuming on my way as if I were some great person, and I was taken to a room where a man in an elegant nightcap was lying beside a very pretty woman.
Branicki, who was dressed in a magnificent gown and supported by pillows and cushions, greeted me by taking off his nightcap.
Carey had suggested a nightcap in the Belvedere Lounge, but Myra replied that if she heard the band play "Arrivederci Roma" one more time, she'd swear off spaghetti forever.
At Jack's first words to Mr Yarrow the Captain of the Fleet's eyebrows shot up under his nightcap.
Many of the couples were heading for the foyer of the new Royal Netherlands Hotel and a late-night snack at the European coffee shop where she had had a nightcap coffee with Captain Jannelli, their pilot.
I observed, smiling at the thought of a nightcapped Ulysses, brandishing his implement of destruction.