[ shap-uh-rey-ohs; Spanish chah-pah-rah-haws ]
/ ˌʃæp əˈreɪ oʊs; Spanish ˌtʃɑ pɑˈrɑ hɔs /
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noun (used with a plural verb)
(in Mexico) chaps.
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Also cha·pa·re·jos [shap-uh-rey-ohs; Spanish chah-pah-re-haws]. /ˌʃæp əˈreɪ oʊs; Spanish ˌtʃɑ pɑˈrɛ hɔs/.

Origin of chaparajos

1860–65, Americanism;<Mexican Spanish, variant of chaparejos, probably blend of chaparralchaparral and aparejos, plural of aparejo gear; akin to apparel
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How to use chaparajos in a sentence

  • Into the ring rode the four slim, young top riders of the ranch force, chaparajos and sombreros being much in evidence.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail|Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Men were marked by their saddles, their 255 chaparajos, their weapons.

    Louisiana Lou|William West Winter