\ ˈtaps How to pronounce taps (audio) \

Definition of taps

: 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

First Known Use of taps

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taps

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

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The first known use of taps was in 1824

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English Language Learners Definition of taps

US, military : a song played on a bugle at military funerals and at night as a signal for soldiers to go to bed
\ ˈtaps How to pronounce taps (audio) \

Kids Definition of taps

: the last bugle call at night blown as a signal to put out the lights
Hint: Taps can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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