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

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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

Bob Hurley, one of the founders of the surf apparel company that bears his last name, said Lenny embodies positivity and is driven by curiosity. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Three surfers and industry leaders leave their mark as new inductees in H.B.’s Surfers’ Hall of Fame," 2 Aug. 2019 The year before, Jespersen had applied to be part of a grueling polar expedition sponsored by Swedish apparel company Fjällräven. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 The apparel company answered Leonard’s complaint and countersued him for copyright infringement, breach of contract and fraud. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Nike Countersues Kawhi Leonard in Ongoing Battle Over 'The Klaw' Logo," 18 July 2019 The softball program got dinged for a tweet revealing new uniforms and listed the apparel company’s name. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al.com, "Alabama reported 16 minor NCAA violations last year," 5 July 2019 But Nike’s young, male core customer in the U.S. has different expectations of the sports apparel company. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "When It Comes to Colin Kaepernick, the Flag and Nike, It’s Just Business," 3 July 2019 Recently, the Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball sued a family friend, accusing him of siphoning $1.5 million from an apparel company Mr. Ball’s father had started. Devin Gordon, New York Times, "Meet the Money Whisperer to the Super-Rich N.B.A. Elite," 6 June 2019 Athletic conferences and member schools negotiate multi-year, billion-dollar TV deals as well as lucrative merchandise, apparel and live streaming contracts. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "How Transforming Into a DSO Could Impact Florida State's Athletic Department," 11 June 2019 The ad initially received backlash with some customers burning apparel and vowing to never buy from the company again. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Nike's Colin Kaepernick ad is nominated for an Emmy," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The hilarious picture, also shows Smalling donning some Manchester United coloured shorts at a young age, paired with what can only be described as a beautiful Ghost Busters appareled blouse. SI.com, "Chris Smalling Reckons He's Found a Better Alternative to New iPhone in Hilarious Tweet," 18 Sep. 2017

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apparel

formal : clothing of a particular kind

apparel

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

Kids Definition of apparel

: things that are worn : clothing summer apparel

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