\ 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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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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The first known use of chaps was in 1844

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“Chaps.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chaps. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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
\ 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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