- any device for protecting a surface of earth, as a riverbank, from the action of moving water.
- a platform to receive the water falling over a dam.
verb (used with object)
Origin of apron
Examples from the Web for apron
Contemporary Examples of apron
An office manager, he says, was wearing an apron with Santa on it.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
While caring for patients, clinical staff is heavily robed with gown and apron; three pairs of gloves; a hood; and goggles.Two Americans Have Now Been Diagnosed With Ebola in Record Outbreak
July 28, 2014
A housekeeper came out to buy some, wiping her hands on her apron.Mexico City’s Magical Moment of Resurgence
Condé Nast Traveler
February 10, 2014
A Chinese mountaineer held a green raincoat over his waist like an apron, covering his nakedness.Death on Killer Mountain
July 6, 2013
Democrats' didn't get the allegiance of women by hectoring them, by saying take off that apron, GOP housewives, and join us.Los Republicanos
November 8, 2012
Historical Examples of apron
Tillie, at Mrs. McKee's, stood in the doorway and fanned herself with her apron.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Dilly got briskly up and gathered a drawer-full of papers into her apron.Tiverton Tales
"David's harnessin' now," said Mary, beginning to untie her apron.
Mrs. Pendleton hurried forward, wiping her hands on her apron as she went.
Mistress Affery, with a suppressed cry, threw her apron over her head.Little Dorrit
Word Origin 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]