[ uh-par-uhl ]
See synonyms for: apparelappareledapparelingapparelled on

  1. clothing, especially outerwear; garments; attire; raiment.

  2. anything that decorates or covers.

  1. superficial appearance; aspect; guise.

  2. Nautical. the masts, sails, anchor, etc., used to equip a vessel.

  3. 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.

  1. 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

Other words for apparel

Other words from apparel

  • o·ver·ap·par·eled, adjective
  • un·ap·par·eled, adjective
  • well-ap·par·eled, adjective
  • well-ap·par·elled, adjective

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How to use apparel in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for apparel


/ (əˈpærəl) /

  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

Origin of apparel

C13: from Old French apareillier to make ready, from Vulgar Latin appariculāre (unattested), from Latin apparāre, from parāre to prepare

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