plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: the last bugle call at night blown as a signal that lights are to be put out
also : a similar call blown at military funerals and memorial services

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the dilemma, the nation's beer taps won't likely run dry. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2022 Sustainability is key here with toiletries in big, refillable bottles and filtered water taps in the corridors, with glass bottles in every room to fill up. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 In a test of 11 taps, preliminary results showed lead levels slightly exceeding the state standard of 15 parts per billion in two. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Dec. 2022 For maximum protection, the Insurance Information Institute suggests keeping all hot and cold taps open that tiny amount. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2022 The spot billed as a gastropub with a focus on food and taps opened in August 2018. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 22 Dec. 2022 Messi's post passes a photo of an egg that previously held the record at 56 million double taps. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2022 Both Hazy Hearted IPA, in 6-packs, and the 12-can variety pack will hit select Michigan store shelves and taps as early as this week, with Bell's releasing Hazy Hearted IPA on tap Friday at its Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, 15 Dec. 2022 For the first couple weeks, guests will only be able to order food, cocktails and guest taps. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


probably alteration of earlier taptoo tattoo — more at tattoo entry 3

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taps was in 1824

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Cite this Entry

“Taps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taps. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


noun singular or plural
: the last bugle call at night blown as a signal to put out the lights
: a similar call blown at military funerals and memorial services

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