[ shap-uh-rey-ohs; Spanish chah-pah-rah-haws ]
/ ˌʃæp əˈreɪ oʊs; Spanish ˌtʃɑ pɑˈrɑ hɔs /

noun (used with a plural verb)

(in Mexico) chaps.
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 chaparral chaparral and aparejos, plural of aparejo gear; akin to apparel

Definition for chaparejos (2 of 2)


[ chaps, shaps ]
/ tʃæps, ʃæps /

noun (used with a plural verb)

a pair of joined leather leggings, often widely flared, worn over trousers, especially by cowboys, as protection against burs, rope burns, etc., while on horseback.

Origin of chaps

1810–20, Americanism; short for chaparajos
Also called chaparajos, chaparejos. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chaparejos (1 of 2)


chaparajos (ˌʃæpəˈreɪəʊs, Spanish tʃapaˈraxos)

/ (ˌʃæpəˈreɪəʊs, Spanish tʃapaˈrexos) /

pl n

another name for chaps

Word Origin for chaparejos

from Mexican Spanish

British Dictionary definitions for chaparejos (2 of 2)


/ (tʃæps, ʃæps) /

pl n

leather overalls without a seat, worn by cowboysAlso called: chaparejos, chaparajos

Word Origin for chaps

C19: shortened from chaparejos
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