noun, often attributive
\ ˈā-prən How to pronounce apron (audio) , -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 \ ˈā-​prənd How to pronounce apron (audio) , -​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.

Examples of apron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Snow Peak is also selling a work apron made from organic cotton and has adjustable cross-back straps, a waist tie and a dual front pouch pocket. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "New & Notable: Latest from Away, West Elm, Keurig and more," 12 Apr. 2021 An adolescent Henry, his ability to empathize with human suffering still intact, wraps one clean apron after another around the bloody hand of a gunshot victim who collapses outside the pizza parlor. Washington Post, "Tips to kick your paper towel habit," 20 Apr. 2021 Jean-Marie, the pastor, urges Moreau to occasionally take off her apron and rest. Cathy Free, Anchorage Daily News, "Not far from the parties in Miami Beach, a different scene unfolds: Staying up all night to feed the hungry," 27 Mar. 2021 The glowing eyes of a beaded black wolf stared from his apron. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Mardi Gras Indians are in coronavirus limbo, which a Wild Man knows all too well," 15 Dec. 2020 Wearing a ruffly yellow apron embroidered with her name, Pugh puts a glam spin on homemaker chic. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Florence Pugh’s Cooking Show Is Back for 24 Hours Only," 22 Mar. 2021 Who but Philip Roth, in his bloody novelist’s apron, could have written that? James Parker, The Atlantic, "The Relentless Philip Roth," 13 Mar. 2021 Behind the table - wearing a green apron, a green bow tie and sometimes a black top hat - Riley served legislators and lobbyists with his friend, Tim Phelan, the leader of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "St. Patrick’s Day tradition postponed again at state Capitol," 17 Mar. 2021 The Black Girl Baking cookbook and a funky apron from Royal Jelly Harlem will steer them in the right direction. Akili King, Vogue, "90 Gifts From Black-Owned Businesses to Give This Year," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of apron was in the 15th century

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7 May 2021

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“Apron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apron. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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


\ ˈā-prən How to pronounce apron (audio) \

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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