lapel

noun
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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So go ahead, put on a Blue Book diamond earring with a denim jacket; throw a diamond and gold flower brooch on the lapel of a tweed jacket. Reed Krakoff, Town & Country, "Tiffany & Co. Wants to Change the Rules of How to Wear a Diamond," 27 Nov. 2018 In one of these shots, Harry wears a classy navy windowpane patterned suit with brown suede detailing at the cuffs and lapel, and lime green edging on the suit and pockets. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Hung Out With Lambs and Piglets in New Gucci Campaign," 18 Sep. 2018 The Rock leaps over his desk and picks me up by my lapels, glaring at me. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Are We in the Last Days of Diesel?," 16 Aug. 2018 With Peter Townsend At Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Princess Margaret picked a piece of lint off the lapel of her father’s former equerry, Peter Townsend. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Before Thomas Markle Spoke Out: A Look Back at the Biggest Royal Scandals in Recent History," 14 Aug. 2018 Trump, who who arrived minutes after, sported a bright red tie and an American flag lapel pin. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Trump meets Kim: The key moments," 11 June 2018 My wife held a bouquet of white roses that matched the single white rose pinned to the lapel of my jacket. Alex Pulaski, latimes.com, "Say 'I do' and save money? Whoever thought you'd say that in the same sentence? But a cruise means both can happen," 10 June 2018 The Rose Ceremony Becca pins roses on the lapels of men named Chris and Jason and John and Mike. Time, "'The Bachelorette' Recap: Becca Goes On An Arie-Themed Date," 5 June 2018 Kennedy wore a suit with the union's black Aztec eagle pinned to the lapel. USA TODAY, "A movement for 'America's promise'," 21 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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lapel

noun

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

lapel

noun
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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