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 same man wore lapel pins, including one of the U.S. and Saudi flags intertwined, that other bodyguards accompanying Prince Mohammed wore on the trip. Suzan Fraser, Fox News, "Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished," 18 Oct. 2018 This gray, three-button, notch-lapel number was tailored smartly to Byrne's frame. Adam Tschorn,, "The mystery of who made David Byrne’s tour suit is solved. But what about that wild, wild third pocket?," 4 May 2018 The long sleeve, short length dress is ultra-flattering thanks to its wrap detail, finished with a satin lapel. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fergie Nailed Her Mother of the Bride Look," 12 Oct. 2018 Each kit comes with four sample-size products and one lapel pin of the iconic Sephora black and white shopping bag. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Sephora Has Reportedly Started Selling Mystery Bags of Makeup Products," 26 Sep. 2018 Each kit comes with four sample-size products and one lapel pin of the iconic Sephora black and white shopping bag. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Sephora Is Offering Mystery Makeup Kits Full of Beauty Surprises," 26 Sep. 2018 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

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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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