taps

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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

Dictionary Entries Near taps

Cite this Entry

“Taps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taps. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

taps

singular or plural noun
1
: the last bugle call at night blown as a signal to put out the lights
2
: a similar call blown at military funerals and memorial services

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