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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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Examples from the Web for lapel
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  • He came up to Weiss and grasped him violently by the lapel of his coat.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • She seized Mr. Pepper by the lapel of his Sunday coat and shook him.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The man who had waked him grasped him by the lapel of his coat.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • He stopped short, and seizing the lapel of my coat, gave it a slight tug.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • She released his lapel and relapsed, all tears, upon her chair.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
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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