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

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 The man took a Ukrainian flag pin from his lapel and handed it to her. New York Times, 8 May 2022 Donate Life KY will also hand out lapel pins as a keepsake to Thurby attendees wearing blue and green. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 The groom wore a diamond chain on his lapel by Anita Ko, a gift from his new in-laws. Kerry Mcdermott, Vogue, 10 Apr. 2022 Those in attendance were given yellow rose lapel pins to signify proof of vaccination for COVID. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2022 Players will also wear helmet decals with Taylor's No. 21 and coaches and staff will wear lapel pins with Taylor's number. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 The Empress is thinking they could be modified into lapel pins as well. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 This year that meant pairing a classic tux with a number of Cartier accessories, including a lapel pin and a sophisticated Tank watch. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2022 Sometime it’s a lapel pin, sometimes a necklace worn tightly against the collar of a dress shirt. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

12 May 2022

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“Lapel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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