Definition of apron
1 : a garment usually of cloth, plastic, or leather usually tied around the waist and used to protect clothing or adorn a costume
2 : something that suggests or resembles an apron in shape, position, or use: such asa : the lower member under the sill of the interior casing of a windowb : an upward or downward vertical extension of a bathroom fixture (such as a sink or tub)c : an endless belt for carrying materiald : an extensive fan-shaped deposit of detrituse : the part of the stage in front of the proscenium archf : the area along the waterfront edge of a pier or wharfg : a shield (as of concrete or gravel) to protect against erosion (as of a waterway) by waterh : the extensive paved part of an airport immediately adjacent to the terminal area or hangars
apronedplay \-prənd, -pərnd\ adjective
Recent Examples of apron from the Web
A participant dons an apron, pours a glass of wine, eats an appetizer and gets cooking, alongside Chef Mary Kravec, the leader of The Kitchen at Middlebury Consignment.
Instead the 13-year-old gelding will compete in an earlier race, a $20,000 Open Handicap, then pose for selfies with fans on the grandstand apron before leading the Battle of Lake Erie field in the parade to post.
During this session, kids will build a wooden tic-tac-toe game to take home, plus receive a free Kids Workshop apron and commemorative pin.
Bajram Bajraman stepped out of King’s Pizza on 145th Street near Lenox Avenue in Harlem with his white apron folded at the waist and a cigarette dangling from his mouth.
Few would accuse those who wear L.A.-to-Paris designer Rick Owens of being timid with their fashion choices, and this voluminous, apron-like jumpsuit makes that case.
A test fit required cutting a piece out of the rear apron of the Beetle.
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Did You Know?
In medieval French, a diminutive form of nape, meaning “tablecloth,” was naperon, which referred to a small cloth that is placed over a more elegant tablecloth to protect it from stains. This word appears in English of the 14th century as napron and also denoted a protective cloth, but one that was placed over clothing rather than on a table. Because in speech it is often difficult to tell where word boundaries fall, a napron was incorrectly understood to be an apron. The new form apron effectively replaced napron by the 17th century, which completely obscured the etymological relation of apron to napkin, the name of another protective cloth.
Origin and Etymology of apron
Middle English, alteration (resulting from false division of a napron) of napron, from Middle French naperon, diminutive of nape cloth, modification of Latin mappa napkin
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
APRON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apron for English Language Learners
: a piece of clothing that is worn on the front of the body over clothes to keep them from getting dirty
: the part of a stage that is in front of the curtain
: the paved part of an airport where airplanes load or unload or are turned around
APRON Defined for Kids
Definition of apron for Students
1 : a piece of cloth worn on the front of the body to keep clothing from getting dirty
2 : a paved area for parking or handling airplanes
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