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
Origin and Etymology of taps
probably alteration of earlier taptoo tattoo — more at tattoo
First Known Use: 1824
TAPS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of taps for English Language Learners
military : a song played on a bugle at military funerals and at night as a signal for soldiers to go to bed
TAPS Defined for Kids
Definition of taps for Students
: 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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