apparel

[uh-par-uhl]

noun

verb (used with object), ap·par·eled, ap·par·el·ing or (especially British) ap·par·elled, ap·par·el·ling.


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
Related formso·ver·ap·par·eled, adjectiveun·ap·par·eled, adjectivewell-ap·par·eled, adjectivewell-ap·par·elled, adjective

Synonyms for apparel

1. clothes, dress, garb, costume, habiliments, vesture. 6. outfit, array, deck out.
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Examples from the Web for apparel

Contemporary Examples of apparel

Historical Examples of apparel

  • There was no forgetting the flamboyant brilliancy of her apparel.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Invention has no vacation so far as ladies' apparel is concerned.

  • His death had made as little change in her apparel as in her general life.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • In beauty of person and richness of apparel he was well worthy of the company of Valentina.

    Love-at-Arms

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Thorpe wondered if it would be possible to consult her upon the question of apparel.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic


British Dictionary definitions for apparel

apparel

noun

something that covers or adorns, esp outer garments or clothing
nautical a vessel's gear and equipment

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

archaic (tr) to clothe, adorn, etc

Word Origin for 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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Word Origin and History for apparel
v.

mid-13c., "to equip (in any way)," from Old French apareillier (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *appariculare. This is either from Latin apparare "prepare, make ready" (see apparatus), or from Vulgar Latin *ad-particulare "to put things together." The meaning "to attire in proper clothing" is from mid-14c. Cognate with Italian aparecchiare, Spanish aparejar, Portuguese aparelhar. Related: Appareled; apparelled; appareling; apparelling.

n.

"personal outfit or attire," early 14c., also "ship's rigging," from Old French apareil "preparation," from apareillier (see apparel (v.)). Earlier in same sense was apparelment (early 14c.).

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