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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.
    • August 13, 1709, Isaac Bickerstaff (pseudonym for Richard Steele or (in some later numbers of the journal) Joseph Addison), The Tatler No. 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.




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.
  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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