While caring for patients, clinical staff is heavily robed with gown and apron; three pairs of gloves; a hood; and goggles.
A Chinese mountaineer held a green raincoat over his waist like an apron, covering his nakedness.
Nearby, a grinning butcher wields a meat ax, his apron spattered with blood.
A housekeeper came out to buy some, wiping her hands on her apron.
Children or those acting like them will tug at heart or apron stings.
Use the large square for the skirt of the apron and the small square for the bib.
I was always afraid of Dr. Foster, so I only buried my face in my apron, and cried.
I did have longings to cuddle them in my apron and I did want to take them down to the brook.
Little black streams were trickling down the apron on to the dress.
She was sitting on a stone, holding a corner of her apron to her eyes, and sobbing.
mid-15c., faulty separation (cf. adder, umpire) of a napron (c.1300), from Old French naperon "small table-cloth," diminutive of nappe "cloth," from Latin mappa "napkin." Napron was still in use as recently as late 16c. The shift of Latin -m- to -n- was a tendency in Old French (e.g. conter from computare, printemps from primum, natte "mat, matting," from matta). Symbolic of "wife's business" from 1610s. Apron-string tenure was in reference to property held in virtue of one's wife, or during her lifetime only.
Even at his age, he ought not to be always tied to his mother's apron string. [Anne Brontë, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall," 1848]
found in the Authorized Version in Gen. 3:7, of the bands of fig-leaves made by our first parents. In Acts 19:12, it denotes the belt or half-girdle worn by artisans and servants round the waist for the purpose of preserving the clothing from injury. In marg. of Authorized Version, Ruth 3:15, correctly rendered instead of "vail." (R.V., "mantle.")