la·​pel | \ lə-ˈpel How to pronounce lapel (audio) \

Definition of lapel

: the part of a garment that is turned back specifically : the fold of the front of a coat that is usually a continuation of the collar

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Other Words from lapel

lapelled or lapeled \ lə-​ˈpeld How to pronounce lapel (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lapel in a Sentence

He wore a carnation in his lapel.
Recent Examples on the Web Two of the most notable looks were worn by host Trevor Noah—who continued the trend of men wearing lapel jewelry during awards season, in a Tiffany & Co. brooch—and Lizzo, who attended the show as a presenter and came dripping in Bulgari diamonds. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "From Trevor Noah’s $35,000 Lapel Pin to Lizzo’s Bulgari Vault, the Best Jewelry From the Grammy Awards," 15 Mar. 2021 Fauci, who appeared via video call, wore a Georgia Institute of Technology lapel pin during the Monday afternoon ceremony hosted by the university. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Fauci award, John Denver, isolation outreach: News from around our 50 states," 17 Mar. 2021 Today, Lindell is rarely seen without a cross on the lapel of his jacket or on a necklace. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, "Mike Lindell's biggest gamble: Giving hard sell to baseless election fraud claims," 12 Mar. 2021 Sean Hannity wears a Punisher pin on his jacket lapel each night on his Fox television show. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "The Punisher, a comic book character, is now a symbol of defiance used by both police and rioters," 12 Feb. 2021 The collar should not be so short that there is space left between the points and the jacket's lapel, and not so long that the tips pop up over the jacket. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MALE CALL: Going tieless requires specific shirt to look well dressed," 11 Jan. 2021 California lawmakers were scattered throughout the Capitol building during the insurrection, ordered to hunker down in safe places and urged to grab gas masks and remove the lapel pins that identify them as members of Congress. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Eric Swalwell was among the last lawmakers to leave House floor during Capitol attack. Here’s what he saw," 9 Jan. 2021 Loretta’s hands grab her words by the lapel, are centimeters away from strangling them; Cher’s hands run through her words like water. New York Times, "Site Information Navigation," 9 Dec. 2020 One successful clip aimed at this group showed Mr. Biden giving his American flag lapel pin to a young boy at a campaign stop. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "How Joe Biden’s Digital Team Tamed the MAGA Internet," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of lapel

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lapel

diminutive of lap entry 1

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6 Apr 2021

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“Lapel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lapel

: either one of the two folds of fabric that are below the collar on the front of a coat or jacket


la·​pel | \ lə-ˈpel How to pronounce lapel (audio) \

Kids Definition of lapel

: the fold of the front of a coat or jacket below the collar

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