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.
Recent Examples on the Web The certification for the training comes with a door sticker and a lapel pin to heighten visibility on campus. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "LSC University Park campus to pilot LGBTQA student ally program," 14 Feb. 2020 Waititi’s stylist Jeanne Yang also dressed him in a Dior tuxedo, Nikos Koulis lapel pin, a pocket square from The Tie Bar and Tod’s patent leather shoes. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars Style Watch: Top 10 Timepieces Worn by Spike Lee, Adam Driver and More," 11 Feb. 2020 Garments, which are each custom made to fit your body, range from binders, sports bras, gaffs, tank tops, dresses and even lapel pins. Devin-norelle, Teen Vogue, "Best Gifts for Your Transgender Loved Ones," 13 Dec. 2019 Having businessman Andrew Yang onstage, however, was delightful if only because of his MATH (Make America Think Harder) lapel pin. Washington Post, "Five ways the debate could have — and should have — been much, much better," 16 Oct. 2019 Thousands attended the memorial, wearing the white rose of Yorkshire on their lapels. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Choice Between Labour and Leave in the U.K. General Election," 10 Dec. 2019 The jacket, meanwhile, featured a black corsage on the lapel, a motif that also cropped up in her most recent runway collection. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Does Holiday Party Style Like a Fashion Mogul," 29 Nov. 2019 The singer was seen placing her hand on Rodriguez’s lapel as the two leaned in for a romantic kiss. Georgia Slater,, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Share a Kiss During N.Y.C. Date Night Ahead of Her SNL Return," 7 Dec. 2019 Related Articles Dakota beadwork often uses the concept of bilateral symmetry — the children’s coat’s left and right lapels are completely identical. Liv Martin, Twin Cities, "New Minnesota History Center exhibit tells stories from a native perspective," 1 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lapel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce lapel (audio)

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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