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 And the male rider looked the part of a desperado with his white hat & bandana, brown leather chaps, and white duster adorned with blue Cowboys stars. Kristi Scales, Dallas News, "Greg Zuerlein’s misses changed the course of Cowboys-Ravens, but it’s not the most eventful kicking night in team history," 9 Dec. 2020 Simple chaps may be lighter, but do not protect the backs of your legs. The Editors, Field & Stream, "How to Choose The Right Chainsaw Chaps," 11 Nov. 2020 Back in Utah at the Dixie National Forest, Gross and the rest of the crew finished their lunch and suited up again: buckling chaps, refilling chainsaws with gas and oil, and taking another gulp of water. Alex Potter, National Geographic, "The women battling wildfires and breaking barriers in the American wilderness," 13 Aug. 2020 Later on, the youngest Hadid sister is seen atop a horse wearing Hermès chaps. Eliza Huber,, "Gigi Hadid Photographs Bella In Fenty For Elle’s August Cover," 3 Aug. 2020 About 15 years ago, Fox used to see Trammell around Riverwest, dressed in a leather jacket and leather chaps. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "He 'gave freedom to everyone’s voice': A week after shooting death of Bernell Trammell, friends keep his legacy alive," 31 July 2020

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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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“Chaps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chaps

: leather coverings for the legs that cowboys and cowgirls wear over their pants when they ride horses


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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