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 The 67-year-old will receive $3.09 million in supplemental compensation and $400,000 from footwear and apparel provider Nike. Chris Solari, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2022 The drop features special edition footwear and apparel that combines classic Mongoose colorways on the iconic Vans Authentic silhouette. Michelle Bruton, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 The 67-year-old will receive $3.09 million in supplemental compensation and $400,000 from footwear and apparel provider Nike. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2022 Take stock now of your favorite outdoor apparel to see what can be kept, what can be donated, and what needs a serious upgrade. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 5 Aug. 2022 The crowd, most proudly wearing their best Thunderbird apparel, roared and rose in a standing ovation. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 July 2022 Lululemon makes some of our favorite leggings and activewear, and like its apparel, the brand's Both Ways hat feels lightweight, with four-way stretch, sweat-wicking and quick-drying tech to keep your cool. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 15 June 2022 The company eats much of the rise in costs, rather than raising prices for its apparel. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2022 Indeed, fans of Ross’s high-end streetwear designs will easily connect the watch’s use of geometry with his techy apparel and accessories. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 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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16 Aug 2022

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“Apparel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apparel. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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