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.

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There are plenty of adorable pillows in her new lineup, as well as curtains, napkins, tea towels, and even an apron. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines's Easter Collection Drops in 4 Days and We Already Know What We're Buying," 20 Feb. 2019 That’s when the man who was driving the pregnant woman to the hospital pulled the car up directly onto the concrete pad, or apron, in front of Engine 14, a firehouse at 1129 W. Chicago Ave., said Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago firefighters deliver baby boy in back seat of car that stopped outside station," 11 June 2019 With spatulas and aprons replacing helmets and shoulder pads, Burnet's UnderDAWGS team is committed to the study and craft of barbecue. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "See Inside Burnet High School's Varsity Barbecue Team," 10 June 2019 Employee touched apron with gloved hands then handled food without changing gloves or washing hands. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Food stored at improper temperature at 5 restaurants on this week’s restaurant inspections," 5 June 2019 That fee includes paints, brushes, an apron, one 8-by-10 canvas and partial guidance. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "From kitties to caving: 8 great ways for kids to spend rainy days in Louisville," 12 July 2019 Her hubby, who was dressed in a casual white T-shirt and khaki apron, looked equally delighted to be affectionate with his wife. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Just Shared the Sweetest PDA Picture on Instagram," 15 Apr. 2019 With a citrus blossom and Meyer-lemon pattern inspired by vintage illustrations, this apron will bring color and flavor to any cooking endeavor. Alejandra Bennett, Sunset, "10 Aprons Almost Too Cute for Just the Kitchen," 22 Jan. 2018 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

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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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