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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for redcap

Historical Examples of redcap

  • Every castle had its tale of Redcap, the sly spirit, or of the woman of the hairy hand.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for redcap



British informal a military police officer
US and Canadian a porter at an airport or station
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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