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apparel

noun ap·par·el \ ə-ˈper-əl , -ˈpa-rəl \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of apparel

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

Examples of apparel in a Sentence

  1. a sale on summer apparel for women

Recent Examples of apparel from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of apparel

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


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apparel

verb ap·par·el \ ə-ˈper-əl , -ˈpa-rəl \

Definition of apparel

appareled or apparelled; appareling or apparelling
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

  1. a designer who regularly apparels several of the presenters at the Oscar ceremonies

Recent Examples of apparel from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'apparel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of apparel

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"


APPAREL Defined for English Language Learners

apparel

Definition of apparel for English Language Learners

  • : clothing of a particular kind


APPAREL Defined for Kids

apparel

noun ap·par·el \ ə-ˈper-əl \

Definition of apparel for Students

: things that are worn : clothing summer apparel


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