Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) (military) signal to turn the lights out

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Synonyms of Taps


Alternate forms of Taps

Hypernyms: bugle call

Origin of the word Taps

  1. U.S. military signal for lights out in soldiers' quarters (played 15 minutes after tattoo), 1824, from tap (v.), on the notion of drum taps (it originally was played on a drum, later on a bugle). As a soldier's last farewell, played over his grave, it may date to the American Civil War. The tune was revised several times in mid-19c. more

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