from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A bugle call or drum signal sounded at night, as at a military camp, as an order to put out lights and also sounded at military funerals and memorial services.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A particular song played at the end of the day, and at military funerals.
  • n. Plural form of tap.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of tap.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (military) signal to turn the lights out


Perhaps alteration of taptoo, tattoo, variant of tattoo1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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