Definition of tapas in English:

tapas

Syllabification: ta·pas
Pronunciation: /ˈtäpəs
 
/

noun

  • Small Spanish savory dishes, typically served with drinks at a bar.
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    • Traditional Spanish tapas bars serve meat, cheese, tortillas and salads as the light evening supper, and Spanish wine flows freely, as does olive oil.
    • Music includes live flamenco and the food does a good job of matching the design: a delicious mix of modern tapas like chorizo tortillas and tasty fish and meat dishes.
    • Nibbling on dish after dish of tapas, mazzas Spanish style, while sipping wine, I observed my co-diners as they conversed in a leisurely style.

Origin

Spanish tapa, literally 'cover, lid' (because the dishes were given free with the drink, served on a dish balanced on, therefore “covering,” the glass).

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