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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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 Prada shirt, $550, bergdorfgoodman.com, Best Made Co. T-shirt, $48, bestmadeco.com, BlueCut apron, $75, bluecutaprons.com Photo: Dario Catellani for WSJ. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "David Chang’s Culinary Universe Is Still Growing," 2 Nov. 2018 Khan arrived and quickly pulled on an apron, supervising and prepping alongside her cooks. Louis Hansen, The Seattle Times, "One way to keep food-service workers in pricey places: Pay their rent," 17 Aug. 2018 Also, workers are replacing pavement, driveway aprons, storm sewers and culverts where necessary. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Cost of Strongsville sanitary sewer project rises by 24 percent," 30 Apr. 2018 Dressed in a blue polo, baggy jeans and a gray canvas apron, Chang leans over a stainless-steel counter to give the restaurant’s executive chef, Jude Parra-Sickels, and general manager, Christine Larroucau, an earful. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "David Chang’s Culinary Universe Is Still Growing," 2 Nov. 2018 At the window, a drag queen in a bouffant and a gingham apron greets patrons in a slow Texas drawl. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 'Texas Chili Queens' Behind the World's First and Only Drag Queen Food Truck," 1 Oct. 2018 While tea towels with illustrations of seasonal vegetables launched her business, her line has expanded to 50 different products, from mugs and trays to aprons and totes. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Is The Designer Behind Those Popular Hand-Illustrated Tea Towels," 23 Aug. 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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