apron

noun, often attributive
\ˈā-prən, -pərn\

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 as

a : the lower member under the sill of the interior casing of a window

b : an upward or downward vertical extension of a bathroom fixture (such as a sink or tub)

c : an endless belt for carrying material

d : an extensive fan-shaped deposit of detritus

e : the part of the stage in front of the proscenium arch

f : the area along the waterfront edge of a pier or wharf

g : a shield (as of concrete or gravel) to protect against erosion (as of a waterway) by water

h : the extensive paved part of an airport immediately adjacent to the terminal area or hangars

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Other Words from apron

aproned \ -​prənd , -​pərnd \ adjective

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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.

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Dressed in a blue polo, baggy jeans and a gray canvas apron, Chang leans over a stainless-steel counter to give the restaurant’s executive chef, Jude Parra-Sickels, and general manager, Christine Larroucau, an earful. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "David Chang’s Culinary Universe Is Still Growing," 2 Nov. 2018 At the window, a drag queen in a bouffant and a gingham apron greets patrons in a slow Texas drawl. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 'Texas Chili Queens' Behind the World's First and Only Drag Queen Food Truck," 1 Oct. 2018 While tea towels with illustrations of seasonal vegetables launched her business, her line has expanded to 50 different products, from mugs and trays to aprons and totes. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Is The Designer Behind Those Popular Hand-Illustrated Tea Towels," 23 Aug. 2018 At dinner time, the flight attendants put on frilly Hello Kitty aprons and served us our meal: a utilitarian pasta dish coupled with a cranberry mold in the shape of Hello Kitty’s face. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "What a 14-Hour Flight on a Hello Kitty–Themed Airline Is Like," 19 July 2018 The Work apron has two front pockets big enough to fit at least four utensils. Bryan Rogala, Outside Online, "10 Products That Will Turn You Into a Grill Master," 13 July 2018 Then, everyone divides up into teams with classmates who don’t share their native language and tie up bright red aprons before turning to their recipes. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018 The bag could contain anything—a lucky gift of largesse, a biro, an apron, chilli sauce, a copy of next month’s gossip magazine. A.a. Gill, A-LIST, "Fraught, But It Counts," 4 July 2018 That contact sent Larson onto the track apron and out of the lead. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson stage dramatic duel in Cup season's best finish," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of apron

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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apron

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apron

: 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

noun
\ˈā-prən \

Kids Definition of apron

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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