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

Illustration of chaps

Illustration of chaps

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The model wore a black crop top paired with a pair of fringed chaps, showing off a pair of matching underwear underneath. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Nov. 2022 Yellowstone actor Luke Grimes slipped back into his chaps as the new face of the brand's grooming and fragrance products. Brittany Talarico, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2022 The purple tassels from Joe’s riding chaps fly akimbo as the animal kicks up and down. Jose A. Del Real, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2022 In fact, the modern western is self-aware of chaps-less mis-adventurers. Jordan Calhoun, Men's Health, 2 Nov. 2022 Unfortunately, some chaps have tried to soften the accent. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2022 In the video, Aguilera sports a skimpy bra and leather chaps while grinding around in a sweaty boxing ring. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 19 Oct. 2022 The futuristic ensemble was a custom Mugler piece and featured a bra, high-rise briefs, chaps and a chunky belt buckle. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 12 Oct. 2022 Ja’Dayia Kursh, 23, poses with her tiger chaps after riding a bucking bronco in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Rose Minutaglio, ELLE, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


modification of Mexican Spanish chaparreras

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chaps was in 1844

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“Chaps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chaps. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


noun plural

: leather leggings worn especially by western ranch workers

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