Definition of redcap in US English:



  • 1North American A railroad porter.

    • ‘This impacted the travel industry dramatically and affected many African Americans who serviced travelers as taxi drivers, hotel maids, and redcaps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When Nelson stopped to check his luggage with a redcap outside the terminal, the redcap told Nelson that he'd have to go inside - his name had been flagged because he'd bought his ticket the day before.’
    • ‘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.’
    carrier, bearer, baggage carrier, baggage bearer
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  • 2British informal A member of the military police.

    • ‘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.’