apron

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 \ -​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.

Examples of apron in a Sentence

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Each book follows a simple formula: Amelia Bedelia, a housemaid replete with apron and frilled cap, encounters various domestic imperatives: clean the house, host a party, babysit, substitute-teach. Sarah Blackwood, The New Yorker, "The Secret Rebellion of Amelia Bedelia, the Bartleby of Domestic Work," 10 June 2019 To raise money for the 20th annual Park Road parade, local dignitaries donned aprons and waited tables at Effie’s Place Tuesday morning. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Officials Wait Tables For Annual Park Road Parade Fundraiser," 12 June 2018 Several members of the church's Sunday School Youth Group donned aprons, rolled up their sleeves and joined their leaders and other church members to make homemade pierogis on Feb. 17 at the church. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Parma South Presbyterian Church youth group members knead dough for mission projects, make pierogis for fish fries," 19 Feb. 2018 Cups, ice and bottle openers are provided, as well as aprons and any art supplies. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 18 Jan. 2018 Kids will experience planting seeds, harvesting fresh ingredients, making their own aprons, master kitchen skills, and participate in cooking challenges. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food and drink events: Cooking classes, wine tastings, more (Summer 2019 edition)," 21 June 2019 Pop a few aprons into a mesh lingerie bag; this will lessen tangling. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: What’s a flexitarian?," 6 June 2019 The selected finalists are then awarded a white apron and put in the top 20 for a chance to become season 10's champion. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See Which 'MasterChef' Season 10 Contestants Made 2019's Top 20 Finalist List," 30 May 2019 The apron-front style lets the color show through more in the room. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 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 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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