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apparel

[ uh-par-uhl ]
/ əˈpær əl /
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noun

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

SYNONYMS FOR apparel

1 clothes, dress, garb, costume, habiliments, vesture.
6 outfit, array, deck out.

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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 FROM apparel

o·ver·ap·par·eled, adjectiveun·ap·par·eled, adjectivewell-ap·par·eled, adjectivewell-ap·par·elled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for apparel

apparel
/ (əˈpærəl) /

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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