from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small cap, usually made of muslin or lace and ribbons, worn at breakfast by married women.
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He awoke refreshed and brisk, however, and was about to spring out of bed and dress himself in readiness for the fun, frolic, and mischief of a new day, when the nursery door was thrown wide open, and Aunt Catharine sailed into the room, arrayed in all the glory of a Paisley-pattern morning-gown and black crochet breakfast-cap.
The Mistress, in a pretty little breakfast-cap, is moving about the room with a feather-duster, whisking invisible dust from the picture-frames, and talking with the Parson, who has just come in, and is thawing the snow from his boots on the hearth.
No, I feel in my prophetic bones that something is wrong, 'said Mrs Jo, looking as solemn as Fate in a breakfast-cap.