plural noun
\ ˈshaps How to pronounce chaps (audio) , ˈchaps How to pronounce chaps (audio) \

Definition of chaps

: leather leggings joined by a belt or lacing, often having flared outer flaps, and worn over the trousers (as by western ranch hands)

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Examples of chaps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aguilera, 41, and her backing dancers showed up in red, with the vocalist donning a tight corset and leather chaps. Shafiq Najib,, 12 June 2022 Ezekiel Mitchell is unmistakable in his signature all-blue leather vest and chaps. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 19 May 2022 But perhaps the best fashion statement our photographer Lili Kobielski captured was a pair of fringed leather chaps worn by a rider. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 10 May 2022 While typically nude, this large, laughing figure is wearing what appears to be leather riding chaps, complete with a belt but with no undergarments whatsoever. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, 7 May 2022 To be specific, these morbid chaps are arguing the relative merits of two rival hangmen, one of whom, Harry (the formidable David Threlfall), happens to own the pub. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 22 Apr. 2022 Some of this is achieved when Joyce walks into the office for the first time to see a woman wearing nothing but chaps. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Why, yes, those are red suede chaps to match the red suede vest. Matt Young, Chron, 25 Feb. 2022 The Denver Broncos cheerleaders have channeled Western vibes with matching vests and chaps, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' squad for many years favored feminine pirate styling with lace-up bra tops and jagged mini skirts. CNN, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chaps

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chaps

modification of Mexican Spanish chaparreras

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20 Jun 2022

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“Chaps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for chaps


noun plural
\ ˈshaps How to pronounce chaps (audio) , ˈchaps \

Kids Definition of chaps

: leather coverings for the legs worn over pants a cowboy's chaps

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