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ap·​par·​el ə-ˈper-əl How to pronounce apparel (audio)
: personal attire : clothing of a particular kind
dressed in fine apparel
used chiefly in U.S. English to refer to clothing that is being sold in stores
a new line of women's apparel
athletic apparel
: the equipment (such as sails and rigging) of a ship
: something that clothes or adorns
the bright apparel of spring


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appareled or apparelled; appareling or apparelling

transitive verb

: to put clothes on : dress
was formally appareled [=was wearing formal clothes]
: adorn, embellish
accused of appareling the truth

Examples of apparel in a Sentence

Noun a sale on summer apparel for women Verb a designer who regularly apparels several of the presenters at the Oscar ceremonies
Recent Examples on the Web
Nike is planning to lay off more than 1,600 employees, or 2% of its workforce, to increase investments in different brand categories including running and women’s apparel. Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024 The collection will also yield Fear of God Athletics One Model shoes, apparel and socks. C. Isaiah Smalls Ii, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 Timberland’s unisex line of outdoor footwear, apparel, and accessories is meticulously designed to provide comfort, mobility, and performance in any outdoor setting. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 That’s the material that apparel makers have used since the 1970s to shield hikers, bikers and mountain climbers from rain and snow. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 The Hot Girl Systems apparel collection is set to drop on Megan's website on February 15, coinciding with her birthday—a fitting celebration. Ruhama Wolle, Glamour, 15 Feb. 2024 Gymshark, the fitness community and apparel brand, recently released a Diffuse Sweat Headband, and has enlisted the support of media personality and hair brand owner, Whitney Adebayo. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 14 Feb. 2024 The plan is to expand his line to include footwear, along with women and kid's apparel. Doug Ferguson, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 Other factors lowering the rate were reductions in used car and apparel costs. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2024
Reliance Retail has about 12,000 stores across India and sells everything from smartphones to groceries to apparel through various eponymous brands, including Reliance Fresh, Reliance Digital and Reliance Trends. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 The rapper has partnered with an unusually diverse array of brands to churn out everything from food to apparel to toys and more. Kim Bhasin,, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History



Middle English apparaile, apparell "furnishings, equipment, dress," borrowed from Anglo-French apparail, noun derivative of apparailler "to prepare, equip, dress" — more at apparel entry 2


Middle English apparailen, apareilen "to prepare, equip, dress," borrowed from Anglo-French apparailler, apareiller, going back to Vulgar Latin *appariculāre, probably verbal derivative of *appariculum, re-formation (with Latin -culum, suffix of instrument) of Latin apparātus "act of preparing, equipment, apparatus"

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of apparel was in the 14th century

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“Apparel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: things that are worn : clothing

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