Definition of tapas noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtæpəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæpəs//
; BrE BrE//ˈtæpæs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæpæs//
[plural] (from Spanish)
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small amounts of a variety of Spanish dishes, served with drinks in a bar Word OriginSpanish, literally ‘cover, lid’ (because the dishes were given free with the drink, served on a dish balanced on, therefore “covering”, the glass).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tapas