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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Each month has a different theme and includes merchandise, from aprons to snapbacks to... salami socks. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Katz's Deli Will Now Ship Pastrami to Your Door," 1 June 2018 All the kids in my generation either tied on a baker’s apron or wore a pink sales clerk uniform. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Like a generation of women, my unwed birth mother kept a lifelong secret: Me," 8 Mar. 2018 All City Candy founder Elisabeth Sapell grabs a couple of aprons and helps 7 year-old Caleb DiMaria tie his. Lynn Ischay, cleveland.com, "All City Candy offers hands-on chances for sweet fun (photos)," 11 Feb. 2018 That's when another server in the restaurant pulled a gun out of her apron and pointed it directly at the unidentified assailant. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "He punched a waitress in the face. Another server had a gun in her apron, video shows," 9 July 2018 Pam Ohsman, the last in the casual restaurant’s series of owners, decided to hang up her apron in June. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Most shocking restaurant closings of the year in Phoenix ... so far," 5 July 2018 After rehearsing the scene, Mr. Friend emerged from the house with a frilly white-and-green flowered apron tied around his shabby tweeds. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Rupert Friend Is Tired of Killing," 14 June 2018 Since Delta Air Lines rolled out new employee uniforms last week, the carrier has been responding to some issues raised with scratchy aprons, buttons falling off and skin sensitivity to some of the fabric. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Delta makes fixes in response to glitches in new employee uniforms," 7 June 2018 At a Starbucks in Stamford, Conn. on Tuesday, apron-wearing baristas at 2:18 p.m. started warning patrons the store would soon close. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "Starbucks Closes for Antibias Training, Leaving Customers in Need of a Fix," 29 May 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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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


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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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