One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An official seal or stamp, used to approve or authenticate a permit or similar document.
- ‘For decades the symbol of India's teeming illiteracy the angootha chhaap or the thumb impression is now making a come back in the biometric age as the ultimate weapon against fraud.’
- ‘How did it come to attain that chaap?’
- ‘With the intervention of electronic media, you make a CD and you put a copyright chaap [stamp] on it, so nobody can make copies of it or play or sing it without your permission.’
Hindi chāp ‘stamp, brand’.
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