[ ey-pruh n ]
/ ˈeɪ prən /


verb (used with object)

to put an apron on; furnish with an apron.
to surround in the manner of an apron: The inner city is aproned by low-cost housing.

Nearby words

  1. april fool,
  2. april fools' day,
  3. april showers bring may flowers,
  4. apriorism,
  5. aproctia,
  6. apron piece,
  7. apron stage,
  8. apron strings,
  9. apropos,
  10. apropos of

Origin of apron

1275–1325; 1925–30 for def 6; 1900–05 for def 8; Middle English napron (by later misconstruing a napron as an apron) < Middle French naperon, equivalent to nape tablecloth (< Latin mappa napkin; cf. map) + -ron diminutive suffix

Related formsa·pron·like, adjectiveun·a·proned, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for apron


/ (ˈeɪprən) /



(tr) to protect or provide with an apron

Word Origin for apron

C16: mistaken division (as if an apron) of earlier a napron, from Old French naperon a little cloth, from nape cloth, from Latin mappa napkin

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Word Origin and History for apron



mid-15c., faulty separation (cf. adder, umpire) of a napron (c.1300), from Old French naperon "small table-cloth," diminutive of nappe "cloth," from Latin mappa "napkin." Napron was still in use as recently as late 16c. The shift of Latin -m- to -n- was a tendency in Old French (e.g. conter from computare, printemps from primum, natte "mat, matting," from matta). Symbolic of "wife's business" from 1610s. Apron-string tenure was in reference to property held in virtue of one's wife, or during her lifetime only.

Even at his age, he ought not to be always tied to his mother's apron string. [Anne Brontë, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall," 1848]
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Science definitions for apron


[ āprən ]

An area covered by a blanketlike deposit of glacial, eolian, marine, or alluvial sediments, especially an area at the foot of a mountain or in front of a glacier.
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