[ 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.

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


a·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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Scientific 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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