- 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)
- april fool,
- april fools' day,
- april showers bring may flowers,
- apron piece,
- apron stage,
- apron strings,
- apropos of
Origin of apron
Examples from the Web for apron
An office manager, he says, was wearing an apron with Santa on it.
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|Kent Sepkowitz|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A housekeeper came out to buy some, wiping her hands on her apron.
A Chinese mountaineer held a green raincoat over his waist like an apron, covering his nakedness.
Democrats' didn't get the allegiance of women by hectoring them, by saying take off that apron, GOP housewives, and join us.
"Well, I can't tell through your apron," said Ellen, smiling.The Wide, Wide World|Susan Warner
An apron or half-apron skirt should be worn, for safetys sake.Riding and Driving for Women|Belle Beach
Cap and apron, bib-collar and cuffs, were laid out on Gwynneth's bed, and these she found herself expected to don then and there.Peccavi|E. W. Hornung
I never looked at her but I thought so; and her cuffs and apron merely accentuated the delusion.Police!!!|Robert W. Chambers
Eliza red-eyed now from distress, stood there, dabbing her cheeks with a corner of her apron.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley|Louis Tracy
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]