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 3tattoo


TAPS Defined for English Language Learners

taps

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

taps

noun plural \ ˈtaps \

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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