\ 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

Examples of taps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are second-floor suites and a third-floor game room with a wet bar boasting two keg taps. oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 The differences can go on and on, but in a console game one or two taps will prepare you for a firefight. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 23 Sep. 2021 The company intranet should be a place of frequent opportunities for real conversation — a platform that makes people smile, breaks through barriers and taps into real lives. Irene Froehlich, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Released as a taproom exclusive last year under the name Van Braun, the seasonal offering now goes by the more standard Oktoberfest name and is available in six-pack cans and bar taps around town. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 Abercrombie & Kent's take on canal barging taps into travelers' interest in slowing down and taking in quieter, European destinations outside of the major cities . Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 20 Aug. 2021 The owners have a dozen taps going, a spacious dining room, cool bar, patio and event spaces. Michael Norman, cleveland, 13 Aug. 2021 Previously, the system required a sequence of taps reminiscent of '80s video-game cheat codes. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 10 Aug. 2021 As Biden and First Lady Jill Biden stood, a Marine bugler played taps. Time, 12 Sep. 2021

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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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27 Sep 2021

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“Taps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taps. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of taps

: a song played on a bugle at military funerals and at night as a signal for soldiers to go to bed


noun plural
\ 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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