la·pel | \lə-ˈpel \

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 \ adjective

Examples of lapel in a Sentence

He wore a carnation in his lapel.

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The Nutters suit, unlike others on the Row, was cut for flash: tight-waisted and small-chested to emphasize the body, with a long jacket and mega lapels. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "Meet the Man Who Dressed Mick Jagger," 5 July 2018 And clicking often brings us straight to the digital analog of one’s papers pinned to one’s lapel, the profile page. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "America in profile (pics)," 28 June 2018 With his skinny tie and lapels, pointy-toe shoes, and seriously shellacked hair, he could almost be mistaken for a French Ricky Martin. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "French President Emmanuel Macron Has the Hottest Security in Global Politics," 25 Apr. 2018 An elaborate boutonniere is pinned to the lapel of her coat. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Sen. John McCain tweets birthday wish to wife, Cindy," 20 May 2018 Vita Vea followed suit with the velvety trend, this time a burgundy number with deep black lapels. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "First round of NFL draft supplies first-rate fashion show," 26 Apr. 2018 Middleton arrived to the Royal Air Force's 100th anniversary celebrations in a pale blue coat dress, featuring a similar silhouette and lapels to her royal wedding look. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Channeled the Dress She Wore to the Royal Wedding," 10 July 2018 She was also pictured adjusting something on the Duke of York's lapel as their eldest daughter watched. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Back in the Fold, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Spent Ascot in the Royal Box," 22 June 2018 Eventually, Don stopped drinking and started dressing like his father, a cartoon of a Manhattan capitalist, all pinstripes and wide lapels and pastel satin ties. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 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 \

Kids Definition of lapel

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

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