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Old French apareillier


  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /əˈpæɹəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈpæ.ɹəl/, /əˈpɛ.ɹəl/


apparel (countable and uncountable, plural apparels)

  1. Clothing.
    • 1656, John Denham, The Destruction of Troy:
      fresh in his new apparel, proud and young
  2. (figuratively) Aspect, guise, form.
    • 1709 August 13, Isaac Bickerstaff (pseudonym for Richard Steele or (in some later numbers of the journal) Joseph Addison), The Tatler, number 54:
      At public devotions, her winning modesty, her resigned carriage, made virtue and religion appear with new ornaments, and in the natural apparel of simplicity and beauty.
  3. A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments.
  4. (nautical) The furniture of a ship, such as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc.
    • 1871, Travis Twiss, Black Book of the Admiralty
      And if there is need of any thing, such as ship's apparel or other necessaries, and the merchants desire to purchase them, they may do so, and when the voyage is concluded, the merchants may claim for themselves the things which they have bought for the ship or vessel




apparel (third-person singular simple present apparels, present participle appareling or apparelling, simple past and past participle appareled or apparelled)

  1. (transitive) To dress or clothe; to attire.
    • 1568, Bishops' Bible, Luke vii. 25
      They which are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
    • 1881, Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper
      presently entered a baron and an earl appareled after the Turkish fashion in long robes of bawdkin powdered with gold
  2. (transitive) To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
    ships appareled to fight
  3. (transitive) To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental
    trees appareled with flowers
    a garden appareled with greenery



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