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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)Military.

a signal by bugle or drum, sounded at night as an order to extinguish all lights, and sometimes performed as a postlude to a military funeral.

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Origin of taps

1815–25, Americanism; probably tap(too), variant of tattoo1 + -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for taps

taps
/ (tæps) /

noun (functioning as singular)

mainly US
  1. (in army camps, etc) a signal given on a bugle, drum, etc, indicating that lights are to be put out
  2. any similar signal, as at a military funeral
(in the Guide movement) a closing song sung at an evening camp fire or at the end of a meeting

Word Origin for taps

C19: from tap 1
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