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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Night Two’s notable newbie was California Rep. Eric Swalwell, whose orange necktie and lapel ribbon made for a standout look. Adam Tschorn,, "The 2020 Democratic debates: A pop of red, a naked neck and a sea of navy blue," 28 June 2019 He was also told to pay a £85 Victim Surcharge, £85 in legal costs and £350 compensation to Farage -- for damaging his lapel microphone (£239), suit cleaning, distress, and inconvenience. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Man who threw milkshake at Nigel Farage ordered to pay suit-cleaning bill," 18 June 2019 Several of them wore green lapel ribbons, a color often associated with mental health awareness. Rachel Swan,, "Mentally ill Walnut Creek man’s family says cops overreacted in fatal shooting," 14 June 2019 Instead, opt for a patch or a lapel flag pin, which should be worn over your heart. Cheryl Vari,, "Flag Day 2019: Why we celebrate on June 14," 14 June 2019 After The Ceremony Ended , Garcetti removed his sport coat—a sleek urban take on the classic equestrian jacket, garnished with a gun-safety-orange flag on the lapel—and jumped into the back of the mayoral SUV. Chanan Tigay, GQ, "Eric Garcetti Is the Anti-Trump, Pro–Star Wars Man We Need," 12 June 2018 All North Koreans are required to wear lapel pins bearing the images of the late Kims and to pay tribute to their statues throughout the country. New York Times, "Kim Jong-un Pans Mass Games, and the Spectacle Is Suspended," 5 June 2019 Many of the pieces were unfinished, with basting stitches tracing seams or the outline of outsize lapels, and raw edges elsewhere. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top Shows of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 Pinned to his lapel was the orange and black St George’s ribbon, a symbol of the second world war that has become synonymous with Russian revanchism in Ukraine. The Economist, "Russia struggles to balance between Israel and Iran," 31 May 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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