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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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 James donned a garnet jacket with black lapel and black dress shirt with a gold chain. Safid Deen,, "NFL Draft: FSU's Derwin James determined to show Chargers were right to draft him at No. 17," 27 Apr. 2018 And the décor was unabashedly Kahlo-themed, from the swaying papel picado cut-outs to the auction paddles with Kahlo’s face to the museum docents’ lapel paper flowers. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Brooklyn Artists Ball Was a Frida Kahlo–Inspired Fiesta," 17 Apr. 2019 Instead, opt for a patch or a lapel flag pin, which should be word over your heart. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Flag Day: Why we celebrate on June 14," 14 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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