- clothing, especially outerwear; garments; attire; raiment.
- anything that decorates or covers.
- superficial appearance; aspect; guise.
- Nautical. the masts, sails, anchor, etc., used to equip a vessel.
- Ecclesiastical. a piece of embroidery, usually oblong, on certain vestments, especially on the alb or amice.
- to dress or clothe.
- to adorn; ornament.
- Nautical. to equip (a vessel) with apparel.
Origin of apparel
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Examples from the Web for apparelled
She was sitting alone, apparelled in royal silk, and weeping.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
She was tall and slender, apparelled all in white, with a girdle of gold.Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories
Arthur Christopher Benson
In good truth, they were apparelled in most comfortable and seemly fashion.In Hostile Red
For me, on this occasion, Leeds was 'apparelled in celestial light.'Ellen Terry and Her Sisters
T. Edgar Pemberton
They were all apparelled in the richest costume of their country.Sketches of Aboriginal Life
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- something that covers or adorns, esp outer garments or clothing
- nautical a vessel's gear and equipment
- archaic (tr) to clothe, adorn, etc
Word Origin and History for apparelled
mid-13c., "to equip (in any way)," from Old French apareillier (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *appariculare. This is either from Latin apparare "prepare, make ready" (see apparatus), or from Vulgar Latin *ad-particulare "to put things together." The meaning "to attire in proper clothing" is from mid-14c. Cognate with Italian aparecchiare, Spanish aparejar, Portuguese aparelhar. Related: Appareled; apparelled; appareling; apparelling.
"personal outfit or attire," early 14c., also "ship's rigging," from Old French apareil "preparation," from apareillier (see apparel (v.)). Earlier in same sense was apparelment (early 14c.).