[ tuhp-uhs ]

  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

First recorded in 1930–35; from Sanskrit: “penance,” literally, “heat”; akin to Latin tepēre “to be lukewarm” (see tepid )

Words Nearby tapas

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How to use tapas in a sentence

  • Ere long he returned with tapas, the sun god having declared that Varanasi would be a worthy husband for his daughter.

    Indian Myth and Legend | Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • For one or two days he did moderate his pace and Hina rejoiced in the lovely tapas she was able to make.

    Legends of Wailuku | Charlotte Hapai
  • Sakra, afraid of human tapas and trying to prevent its earning by every means, is a well-known figure in Indian mythology.

    The Gtakaml | rya Sra
  • Hibiscus flowers or delicate ferns were dipped in these colors and impressed on the tapas in elegant designs.

  • The bed tapas are from three to five large sheets placed one above another, and are very warm and comfortable.

British Dictionary definitions for tapas


/ (ˈtæpəs) /

pl n
    • light snacks or appetizers, usually eaten with drinks

    • (as modifier): a tapas bar

Origin of tapas

from Spanish tapa cover, lid

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