⌂ a bugle call to put out lights in retiring for the night, as in an army camp: also sounded at a military funeral
Origin of taps; from tap, because origin, originally a drum signal
plural noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A bugle call or drum signal sounded at night, as at a military camp, as an order to put out lights and also sounded at military funerals and memorial services.
Origin of tapsPerhaps alteration of taptoo, tattoo, variant of tattoo1.
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of tap