apparel

noun
ap·​par·​el | \ ə-ˈper-əl, -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, -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

The company last month reported sales rose 10% in the latest quarter, driven by growth in both shoes and apparel. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Gillette’s Ad With a #MeToo Edge Gets Mixed Reactions," 17 Jan. 2019 Popular activist apparel brand Splendid Rain Co. is alleging that Etsy removed its shop and consistently makes things difficult for black shop owners, Yahoo Style reports. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "A Popular Black Designer Alleges Etsy "Removed" Her Shop Because It’s "Too Controversial"," 13 Sep. 2018 Now the brand is looking to distinguish itself from competitors like Nike, which still dominates the sneaker marketplace, by elevating the importance of off-court style in its basketball shoes and apparel. New York Times, "Jay-Z, Known Basketball Fan, to Help Puma Sell Sneakers," 19 June 2018 Then later this summer, Asics, which sells athletic shoes and apparel, will open a 2,826 square foot-store store at Concord Mills next to Starbucks. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Concord Mills adding new stores amid renovation | Charlotte Observer," 30 Apr. 2018 StockX, the resale platform that treats shoes and apparel like stocks, says that search traffic for Yeezy has actually gone up dramatically since Tuesday, by a whole 25 percent. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Kanye West's Trump Endorsement Is Having a Weird Effect on the Yeezy Brand," 27 Apr. 2018 The 52-page document also suggests potential lifetime bans for coaches who cheat and a shift in the complex relationship with elite youth basketball and the shoe and apparel companies that pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the sport. David Wharton, latimes.com, "Commission on College Basketball calls for reforms on one-and-dones, undrafted players," 25 Apr. 2018 Immediate deals that need to be decided upon by top of draft QBs are trading cards, memorabilia, and shoe and apparel. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "The Business of Baker Mayfield," 12 Apr. 2018 To help you be fully prepared for your next outdoor workout, our editors tested tons of apparel and gear on their recent runs, swims, hikes, and more. Amy Marturana, SELF, "The 20 Best New Running, Hiking, and Swimming Accessories and Apparel," 12 Nov. 2018

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

: clothing of a particular kind

apparel

noun
ap·​par·​el | \ ə-ˈper-əl \

Kids Definition of apparel

: things that are worn : clothing summer apparel

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