Dictionary.com

tapa

1
[ tah-pah ]
/ ˈtɑ pɑ /
Save This Word!

noun Usually tapas.
(especially in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of tapa

1
<Spanish: literally, cover, lid (probably <Germanic; see tap2)

Other definitions for tapa (2 of 2)

tapa2
[ tah-puh, tap-uh ]
/ ˈtɑ pə, ˈtæp ə /

noun
the bark of the paper mulberry.
Also called tapa cloth . a cloth of the Pacific Islands made by pounding the bark of the paper mulberry, or similar barks, flat and thin: used for clothing and floor covering.

Origin of tapa

2
Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1815–25
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use tapa in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tapa

tapa
/ (ˈtɑːpə) /

noun
the inner bark of the paper mulberry
a paper-like cloth made from this in the Pacific islands

Word Origin for tapa

C19: from Marquesan and Tahitian
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK