apparel

noun
ap·​par·​el | \ ə-ˈper-əl How to pronounce apparel (audio) , -ˈpa-rəl \

Definition of apparel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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 apparelathletic apparel
2 : the equipment (such as sails and rigging) of a ship
3 : something that clothes or adorns the bright apparel of spring

apparel

verb
appareled or apparelled; appareling or apparelling

Definition of apparel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put clothes on : dress was formally appareled [=was wearing formal clothes]
2 : 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: Noun According to the agency, handbags, wallets, apparel, footwear and jewelry are among items at the highest risk of being counterfeited. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 7 May 2022 The SoHo store will carry apparel from approximately 20 emerging brands including Bogey Boys, Malbon, and Metalwood Studio and will also feature a golf simulator and host viewing parties and panel discussions. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Iger is part of a consortium investing $263 million into the pop culture, toy and apparel brand Funko, representing a 25 percent stake. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 May 2022 Through Sunday, text a photo of your shot glass necklaces and similar apparel to CINCO (24626) or visit https://www.topochicohardseltzerusa.com/swapshop to get Topo Chico Margarita Hard Seltzer for free. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Carl Jonasson, the chief executive of Snigel Design, a Swedish maker of backpacks, camouflage cloaks and other combat apparel, was surprised to receive an order from Germany recently. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Each box costs $54.99 and includes a book by a Black author plus so much more (think apparel, accessories, coasters and other goodies). Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 3 May 2022 In March, Vanessa Bryant reached new deal with Nike to continue producing sneakers and apparel from the late basketball star’s signature line, including a shoe to honor her late daughter Gianna, according to MarketWatch. Melissa Noel, Essence, 2 May 2022 The fair will feature more than 800 unique vendors, offering a range of local and international artisan goods, apparel, accessories, antiques, a food court, beer garden, and live entertainment. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, Bloomberg.com, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of apparel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apparel

Noun

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

Verb

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"

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“Apparel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apparel. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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apparel

noun
ap·​par·​el | \ ə-ˈper-əl How to pronounce apparel (audio) \

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: things that are worn : clothing summer apparel

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