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[luh-pel] /ləˈpɛl/
either of the two parts of a garment folded back on the chest, especially a continuation of a coat collar.
Origin of lapel
1780-90; irregular diminutive of lap1; see -le
Related forms
lapelled, adjective
lapelless, adjective Unabridged
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  • She bent her head over the bunch of violets pinned on the lapel of her coat.

    The Little Colonel at Boarding-School Annie Fellows Johnston
  • An arm reached out to Winfree's lapel and tugged him back from the car.

    The Great Potlatch Riots Allen Kim Lang
  • The manager was exquisitely dressed and wore a rose on the lapel of his coat.

    The Colossus Opie Read
  • Toomey tapped the lapel of his jacket impressively with his forefinger.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
    Caroline Lockhart
  • Taking Shelton by the lapel, he drew him into the radius of the lamp, where he examined him, smiling a slow smile.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for lapel


the continuation of the turned or folded back collar on a suit coat, jacket, etc
Derived Forms
lapelled, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from lap1
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Word Origin and History for lapel

1751 (implied in lapelled), from lap (n.) + -el, diminutive suffix. Cf. lappet.

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