Apparel Ap*par"el, n. [OE. apparel, apareil, OF. apareil, appareil, preparation, provision, furniture, OF. apareiller to match, prepare, F. appareiller; OF. a (L. ad) + pareil like, similar, fr. LL. pariculus, dim. of L. par equal. See {Pair}.] 1. External clothing; vesture; garments; dress; garb; external habiliments or array. [1913 Webster]

Fresh in his new apparel, proud and young. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

At public devotion his resigned carriage made religion appear in the natural apparel of simplicity. --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

2. A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) The furniture of a ship, as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Dress; clothing; vesture; garments; raiment; garb; costume; attire; habiliments. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • apparel — vb *clothe, attire, dress, array, robe Analogous words: outfit, accouter, appoint, equip (see FURNISH) Antonyms: divest Contrasted words: *strip, bare, dismantle, denude apparel n *clothes, clothing, dress, attire, raiment …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • apparel — [ə per′əl, əpar′əl] n. [ME appareil < OFr apareil < VL * appariculum, equipment < * appariculare, to clothe < L apparare: see APPARATUS] 1. clothing; garments; attire 2. anything that clothes or adorns [the white apparel of winter] 3 …   English World dictionary

  • Apparel — Ap*par el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appareled}, or {Apparelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appareling}, or {Apparelling}.] [OF. apareiller.] 1. To make or get (something) ready; to prepare. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To furnish with apparatus; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apparel — [n] clothing; covering accoutrement, array, attire, clothes, costume, drapery, dress, duds*, equipment, garb, garment, gear*, getup*, habiliment, habit, outfit, raiment, rig*, robe, suit, threads*, trapping, vestment; concepts 451,473 …   New thesaurus

  • apparel — ► NOUN formal ▪ clothing. ► VERB (apparelled, apparelling; US appareled, appareling) archaic ▪ clothe. ORIGIN Old French apareillier, from Latin ad to + par equal …   English terms dictionary

  • apparel — {{11}}apparel (n.) personal outfit or attire, early 14c., also ship s rigging, from O.Fr. apareil preparation, from apareillier (see APPAREL (Cf. apparel) (v.)). Earlier in same sense was apparelment (early 14c.). {{12}}apparel (v.) mid 13c., to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • apparel — ap|par|el [əˈpærəl] n [U] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: apareil preparation , from apareillier, from Latin apparare; APPARATUS] formal clothes ▪ She looked lovely, despite her strange apparel. ▪ men wearing protective apparel ▪ We sell… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • apparel — n. wearing apparel * * * [ə pærəl] wearing apparel …   Combinatory dictionary

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