tapas

[tuhp-uh s]
noun Yoga.
  1. the conditioning of the body through the proper kinds and amounts of diet, rest, bodily training, meditation, etc., to bring it to the greatest possible state of creative power.

Origin of tapas

1930–35; < Sanskrit: penance, literally, heat

tapa

1
[tah-pah]
noun Usually tapas.
  1. (especially in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer.

Origin of tapa

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

tapa

2
[tah-puh, tap-uh]
noun
  1. the bark of the paper mulberry.
  2. Also called tapa cloth. a cloth of the Pacific islands made by pounding this or similar barks flat and thin, used for clothing and floor covering.

Origin of tapa

2
Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for tapas

Contemporary Examples of tapas

  • She and her father once owned a successful Spanish tapas restaurant in central Athens, but it went bankrupt in 2010.

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    A Dickensian Christmas For Greece’s New Poor

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    December 22, 2013

  • Along with describing his farm-fresh ingredients and “figs at the peak of their ripeness” on his track “Tapas.”

  • Doug Tiller (the original Morning Glory, Mercury Espresso) is behind the 40-seat tapas lounge.

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    Hitch Hatched

    David Frum

    February 7, 2013

  • Tapas, the epitome of Spanish culinary sophistication, is the way to go.

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    What to Eat: Tapas

    Cookstr.com

    February 23, 2010

  • Not all tapas need to be served warm, and Tortilla Española is proof.

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    What to Eat: Tapas

    Cookstr.com

    February 23, 2010

Historical Examples of tapas


British Dictionary definitions for tapas

tapas

pl n
    1. light snacks or appetizers, usually eaten with drinks
    2. (as modifier)a tapas bar

Word Origin for tapas

from Spanish tapa cover, lid

tapa

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

Word Origin for tapa

C19: from Marquesan and Tahitian
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