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

Brooks Running Run Proud Collection To kick off Pride month, Brooks Running has debuted its Run Proud Collection of apparel and accessories. James Love, Essence, "Happy Pride Month! Celebrate Love And Inclusivity With These Fire Collaborations," 7 June 2019 Like other influencers, Gabriel also created his own merch line, full of apparel that's been designed with his catch phrases. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Gabriel Zamora's Net Worth Will Make Your Jaw Drop," 17 May 2019 In addition to shooting quirky videos, Siwa cuts endorsement deals and sells two branded apparel lines with Target, the second-largest U.S. retailer. Mark Bergen, The Seattle Times, "Kidfluencers’ rampant YouTube marketing creates minefield for Google," 24 Mar. 2019 Some of those brands include Love Your Melon, an apparel line that helps raise awareness and fight against pediatric cancers, and Two Blind Brothers, a nonprofit clothing line that donates all proceeds to blindness research. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Four ways the internet changed the midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 Over the weekend, Nike announced a multiyear agreement with Kaepernick including his own apparel line, video ads and billboards featuring his image, and a contribution to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's Know Your Rights charity. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "College of the Ozarks, private Christian school, drops Nike over Kaepernick ad," 6 Sep. 2018 When apparel brand Commando engineered its seamless underwear line in 2003, suddenly any kind of underwear could be worn sans panty lines. Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 Dressbarn parent Ascena also owns women’s apparel brands Ann Taylor and Loft, among others. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Ascena’s Dressbarn to Shut Down," 20 May 2019 Setting a standard for inclusion Last summer, Manuel signed a contract with sponsor TYR (a popular competitive swim and triathlon apparel brand) that includes a reportedly unprecedented inclusion rider. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Why Olympic Swimmer Simone Manuel Put an Inclusion Rider in Her Latest Contract," 23 May 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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