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 aproned (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.

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Festivities also include an apron station, spice bar, face painting, live music, raffle items and the knife-work challenge. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Chef’s Fest, football specials top this week’s food events," 5 Sep. 2019 The women waded through the waist-high tea bushes, armored in aprons and gloves against the stiff, sharp branches. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "These tea plantation workers in India face poverty—and dangers," 30 Aug. 2019 Progressive is known for its innovative ads featuring Flo, the frisky, headband-and-apron wearing character who has become a brand icon. Tom Withers, chicagotribune.com, "Home turf: Baker Mayfield to star in ads living in stadium," 28 Aug. 2019 The brand is Alfi (bamboo farmhouse apron-front kitchen sink, $790). R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "HGTV’s ‘Going for Sold’ gives Houston flippers their moon shot," 22 Aug. 2019 Amy Roloff’s Little Kitchen has this vintage style apron available Now! Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "'Little People, Big World' Star Amy Roloff Reveals Insider Details About Isabel Rock's Bridal Shower on Instagram," 19 Aug. 2019 Across the lawn, past the fire pit where Stone’s team baked seafood en papillote, and Stone’s wife, actress Lindsay Price, perched prettily on an Adirondack chair, bartenders in linen aprons and straw hats offered mixology lessons. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Gwyneth does Nantucket to promote her brand and Goop pop-up shop," 31 July 2019 Farm-style apron sinks appear in all architectural styles. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams invites you to dream big in Wilsonville," 27 July 2019 Some of the work for these improvements is done in-house through the Independence Service Department such as pothole repairs, strip-patching, crack and joint sealing, and sidewalk apron repairs or replacements. Laura Bednar, cleveland.com, "Summer construction continues on roadways in Independence," 19 July 2019

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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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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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