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[red-kap] /ˈrɛdˌkæp/
a baggage porter at a railroad station.
British Informal. a member of the military police.
Origin of redcap
First recorded in 1530-40; red1 + cap1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Every castle had its tale of redcap, the sly spirit, or of the woman of the hairy hand.

    The Gold Of Fairnilee Andrew Lang
  • At last the redcap got disgusted and said, ‘Miss, that thar dorg is plumdum!’

    Third Warning Roy J. Snell
  • Oh, it's a kind of a sort of a Bogle, but it isn't so cruel as a redcap!

  • Malone watched the luggage being stowed away, and followed after the redcap and its escort with mixed feelings.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Malone punched the redcap's buttons again, and he and Boyd followed it through the crowded station to the taxi stand.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Well I went into the railway station and the redcap took the beast and tried to steer him through the crowd.

    Third Warning Roy J. Snell
  • redcap is a popular appellation of that class of spirits which haunt old castles.

  • redcap was hauling her trawl when without any warning shrapnel burst on board.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
  • She was followed by a redcap carrying a lovely little Russia leather bag.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street
  • Fanny, following the wake of a redcap, picked him at once from among the crowd of clock-waiters.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for redcap


(Brit, informal) a military police officer
(US & Canadian) a porter at an airport or station
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for redcap

"porter at a railroad station," 1914, American English, from red (adj.1) + cap (n.). Earlier it was the name of the goldfinch, a type of hen, and a long-toothed spectre in Scottish castles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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