apron
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, alteration (resulting from false division of a napron) of napron, from Middle French naperon, diminutive of nape cloth, modification of Latin mappa napkin Date: 15th century 1. a garment usually of cloth, plastic, or leather usually tied around the waist and used to protect clothing or adorn a costume 2. something that suggests or resembles an apron in shape, position, or use: as a. the lower member under the sill of the interior casing of a window b. an upward or downward vertical extension of a bathroom fixture (as a sink or tub) c. an endless belt for carrying material d. an extensive fan-shaped deposit of detritus e. the part of the stage in front of the proscenium arch f. the area along the waterfront edge of a pier or wharf g. a shield (as of concrete or gravel) to protect against erosion (as of a waterway) by water h. the extensive paved part of an airport immediately adjacent to the terminal area or hangars • aproned adjective

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