- a baggage porter, as in a railroad station
- Brit., Informal a military policeman
Origin of redcapfirst used (1892) when John Williams, a porter in Grand Central Station, New York City, encircled his cap with a red flannel strip to gain attention
A porter, usually in a railroad station.
- (UK) A member of the Royal Military Police a unit in the British army.
- (US) A porter in a US railway station. [Etymology: On Labor Day, 1890, John Williams, an African-American railway porter, tied a red ribbon to his black uniform cap to stand out from the crowd at Grand Central Terminal. The strategy was so successful that it was soon adopted by others in the profession, leading to the synecdochic use of redcap as a term for all railway porters. ]
- (UK, archaic) The European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis).
- (UK, folklore) A type of evil goblin or imp
- A breed of poultry. See red cap.