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 lapeled (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lapel in a Sentence

He wore a carnation in his lapel.

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The velvety look featured silk lapels, white ruffled sleeves, a black bow tie, and a voluminous ball skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter Slays in a Christian Siriano Tuxedo Dress on the Oscars Red Carpet," 24 Feb. 2019 While David looked dapper in a silk lapel tux and bowtie, Victoria put a new spin on eveningwear, opting for a voluminous white long sleeve blouse and a pair of baggy black trousers over tights. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria and David Beckham Join Kate Middleton at the National Portrait Gallery Gala," 12 Mar. 2019 At the 2017 Golden Globes, for instance, Mr. Glover wore a brown velvet suit by Gucci rather than a velvet tux that would have shiny contrast lapels. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Who Is He Wearing? Male Stars Take Red-Carpet Fashion Risks," 2 Jan. 2019 And then Jay-Z wanders the halls of the Louvre wearing an even bigger chain and an even more double-breasted suit (this one’s lapels are hiked up almost to his neck), in a shiny gold silk. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Jay-Z Brought His Entire Suit Collection to the "APES**T" Video," 18 June 2018 McCreery was sporting a gold 851 pin on his lapel in honor of the 851 who were injured in the tragic shooting that happened at Route 91 Harvest music festival in October. Rebecca Schiller, Billboard, "Scotty McCreery Talks Vegas Shooting, New Album 'Seasons Change' & Upcoming Wedding: Watch," 16 Apr. 2018 The man who does have something to tell us — who is, in fact, fairly shaking us by the lapels with his ideas — is Mr. Petrenko. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Sets Munich’s Ashen ‘Parsifal’ Aflame," 1 July 2018 The speech so infuriated Johnson that when Pearson traveled to Camp David in 1965, Johnson berated him for betraying him, at one point grabbing him by the lapel. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "Justin isn’t the first Trudeau to clash with an American president," 14 June 2018 The lights flickered on inside the California Theatre and a band of sailors tore up and down the aisles yanking young people from their seats by the lapels of their suit jackets. Marisa Gerber,, "Zoot Suit Riots: After 75 years, L.A. looks back on a violent summer," 4 June 2018

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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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The first known use of lapel was in 1789

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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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