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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A porter, usually in a railroad station.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the Royal Military Police a unit in the British army.
  • n. Archaic name for the goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis).
  • n. A type of evil goblin or imp
  • n. A breed of poultry. See red cap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The European goldfinch.
  • n. A specter having long teeth, popularly supposed to haunt old castles in Scotland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The goldfinch, Carduelis elegans, more fully called King Harry redcap.
  • n. A variety of the domestic hen, of English origin.
  • n. A specter having long teeth, popularly supposed to haunt old castles in Scotland.
  • n. See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the military police in Britain
  • n. a porter who helps passengers with their baggage at a railroad station

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  • "He got thoroughly nasty, I paid the bill and left him asking he old man to play 'When the Poppies Bloom Again'. I for one didn't want to see him again till they did. I walk back in the cool dark evening, and just my luck, a jeep with two redcaps pulls up."
    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall.'

    April 18, 2009