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apparel

[uh-par-uh l]
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noun
  1. clothing, especially outerwear; garments; attire; raiment.
  2. anything that decorates or covers.
  3. superficial appearance; aspect; guise.
  4. Nautical. the masts, sails, anchor, etc., used to equip a vessel.
  5. Ecclesiastical. a piece of embroidery, usually oblong, on certain vestments, especially on the alb or amice.
verb (used with object), ap·par·eled, ap·par·el·ing or (especially British) ap·par·elled, ap·par·el·ling.
  1. to dress or clothe.
  2. to adorn; ornament.
  3. Nautical. to equip (a vessel) with apparel.

Origin of apparel

1200–50; Middle English appareillen < Old French apareillier to make fit, fit out < Vulgar Latin *appariculāre, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + *paricul(us) a fit (see par1 -cule1) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix
Related formso·ver·ap·par·eled, adjectiveun·ap·par·eled, adjectivewell-ap·par·eled, adjectivewell-ap·par·elled, adjective

Synonyms

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1. clothes, dress, garb, costume, habiliments, vesture. 6. outfit, array, deck out.
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Examples from the Web for apparelled

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Joseph Altsheler

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for apparelled

apparel

noun
  1. something that covers or adorns, esp outer garments or clothing
  2. nautical a vessel's gear and equipment
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
  1. archaic (tr) to clothe, adorn, etc

Word Origin

C13: from Old French apareillier to make ready, from Vulgar Latin appariculāre (unattested), from Latin apparāre, from parāre to prepare
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for apparelled

apparel

v.

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.

apparel

n.

"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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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