- 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
- (especially in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer.
Origin of tapa1
< Spanish: literally, cover, lid (probably < Germanic; see tap2)
- the bark of the paper mulberry.
- 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 tapa2
Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for tapas
She and her father once owned a successful Spanish tapas restaurant in central Athens, but it went bankrupt in 2010.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.”2 Chainz, Snoop Lion, and More Rappers in the Kitchen
August 12, 2013
Doug Tiller (the original Morning Glory, Mercury Espresso) is behind the 40-seat tapas lounge.Hitch Hatched
February 7, 2013
Tapas, the epitome of Spanish culinary sophistication, is the way to go.
Not all tapas need to be served warm, and Tortilla Española is proof.
This was the way of Tapas, or self-inflicted bodily pain and austerity.Buddhism, In its Connexion With Brahmanism and Hinduism, and In Its Contrast with Christianity
Sir Monier Monier-Williams
The clouds are her tapas in the sky, on which she places stones to hold them down.The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines
Bodily asceticism of this kind is known to the Vedas under the name of tapas.A History of Sanskrit Literature
Arthur A. MacDonell
Tapas at the Cafe de Paris are apt to be potato salad, a few anchovies, olives, and possibly some cheese.I'm a Stranger Here Myself
Dallas McCord Reynolds
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
- light snacks or appetizers, usually eaten with drinks
- (as modifier)a tapas bar
from Spanish tapa cover, lid
- the inner bark of the paper mulberry
- a paper-like cloth made from this in the Pacific islands
C19: from Marquesan and Tahitian