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[tuhp-uh s] /ˈtʌp əs/
noun, Yoga.
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


[tah-pah] /ˈtɑ pɑ/
noun, Usually, tapas
(especially in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer.
< Spanish: literally, cover, lid (probably < Germanic; see tap2)


[tah-puh, tap-uh] /ˈtɑ pə, ˈtæp ə/
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.
1815-25; < Polynesian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for tapas
  • The avenue has a pick of fun and fine cafés to stop in for tapas.
  • The best place in town for tapas and empanadas lies slightly out of the city center and is well worth the trek.
  • To encourage community, the owners chose a tapas-style menu so every dish can be shared.
  • But any similarity ends when visitors walk into a tapas bar or local restaurant.
  • Spaniards are also known for skipping out on household dinners in favor of eating out at a tapas bar instead.
  • Go for tapas in the evening rather than a sit-down dinner.
  • Enjoy tapas and wine as you learn about the region's culinary traditions.
  • Other gastronomical delicacies include seafood paella, chorizo sausage, gazpacho soup and tapas.
  • The adjacent bistro offers a more upscale dining menu featuring tapas and seafood dishes.
  • The hotel's hip and creative restaurant offers a vibrant setting and tapas.
British Dictionary definitions for tapas


plural noun
  1. light snacks or appetizers, usually eaten with drinks
  2. (as modifier): a tapas bar
Word Origin
from Spanish tapa cover, lid


the inner bark of the paper mulberry
a paper-like cloth made from this in the Pacific islands
Word Origin
C19: from Marquesan and Tahitian
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