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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Another glitch was the parking sonar picked up the bottom of my not-steep driveway apron in flat Chicago and locked up the brakes. Andy Mikonis, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet options over $150,000 of drop-top luxury," 13 June 2018 But the 3-bedroom, 3-bath co-op's kitchen may just convince you to put on your apron more often. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Daphne Oz Is Selling Her Manhattan Apartment For $2.5 Million," 14 Oct. 2016 Sold in Jacobs’s Madison Avenue pop-up shop and Sui’s Broome Street boutique, the pieces from the Spring 1993 season range from apron dresses to striped maxis. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Psst! Another Iconic Grunge Collection Is Back," 9 Jan. 2019 Guests are handed aprons and a glass of champagne, then given free rein to squeeze through the aisles to taste each master chef's unique creation, literally right off the stove. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "What to Do in St. Moritz During January," 7 Jan. 2019 Cut strip of burlap for apron, then glue half-circle of burlap to underside; hot-glue in place. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 The form of dress using a small apron is also widespread in traditional Ndebele culture. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Seminude School Performance Sparks Debate About Tradition in South Africa," 2 June 2018 Meanwhile, a host of overly chipper employees in blue aprons gave tours of the store’s wares based on con-goers’ personal plans for Purge Night. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "Purge supplies, Clone Wars tears, and shrimp cocktail carousels: the best things we saw at San Diego Comic-Con 2018," 23 July 2018 On Thanksgiving eve, the Duchess pulled on an apron, rolled up her sleeves, and helped make rainbow roasted potatoes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Gets Into the Thanksgiving Spirit," 21 Nov. 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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