clothing, especially outerwear; garments; attire; raiment.
anything that decorates or covers.
superficial appearance; aspect; guise.
Nautical. the masts, sails, anchor, etc., used to equip a vessel.
Ecclesiastical. a piece of embroidery, usually oblong, on certain vestments, especially on the alb or amice.
to dress or clothe.
to adorn; ornament.
Nautical. to equip (a vessel) with 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
Many apparel companies have successfully moved and mitigated the risks to other low-end alternative options to China.COVID proves that companies need to reduce their dependence on China | matthewheimer | September 11, 2020 | Fortune
All kinds of businesses – be it food and beverage, apparel and footwear, beauty, automotive, travel, or hospitality all have been severely impacted.How businesses can use YouTube to tackle the COVID-19 business crisis | Catherrine Garcia | September 7, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Online retailers may also see much higher than average returns as consumers traditionally shopping for apparel or gift items in-store move to more online shopping.
Meanwhile, the work-from-home trend has caused a big hit to the apparel and beauty industry as less people are spending on new clothes and cosmetics when they aren’t going out.
For industries that aren’t seeing growth, such as apparel, Q3 is the time to employ defensive advertising strategies to maintain customer loyalty.
As a test, Sun shipped over a container stuffed with apparel made in his home province.
The American apparel adverts are deemed tacky and offensive because they dramatize, brazenly, the sex-drenched time we live in.In Defense of American Apparel: Why a Hitched-Up Skirt Barely Conceals a Profound Social Confusion | Tim Teeman | August 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Allan Mayer, American apparel's co-chair, seemingly laughed at Charney's plea, labeling him "a dreamer."American Apparel’s Dov Charney Speaks for First Time Since Firing | The Fashion Beast Team | June 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ipanema has long been the hotbed of beach apparel, launching looks like the tanga and the g-string.The Girl From Ipanema Is Not Alone: Rio’s Famous Beach Is A Rich, Cultural Kaleidoscope | Brandon Presser | June 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Charney was ousted as CEO of American apparel, which has been struggling in recent years.Revenge on the Pervs: Why the Tide Is Finally Turning Against Dov Charney and Terry Richardson | Amanda Marcotte | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After all, here was a babe equipped to face the exigencies of a censorious world; in looks and apparel a credit to any father.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Wearing apparel, furniture, jewelry, even legal expenses incurred in regaining her conjugal rights have been included.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Some half-decayed pieces of cloth and portions of wearing apparel were still lying in it.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
She wouldnt have had her mother know how really thin her apparel seemed for anything in the world.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Shortly there appeared a youngish man, constructed by nature to adorn wearing apparel.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for apparel
something that covers or adorns, esp outer garments or clothing
nautical a vessel's gear and equipment
archaic (tr) to clothe, adorn, etc
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