apparel

  • 1apparel — ap‧par‧el [əˈpærəl] noun [uncountable] formal clothes: • The apparel industry continues to suffer as retailers report weak clothing sales. * * * apparel UK US /əˈpærəl/ noun [U] ► COMMERCE clothes: »The store specializes in …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2Apparel — 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3apparel — 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

  • 4apparel — [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

  • 5Apparel — 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

  • 6apparel — [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

  • 7apparel — ► NOUN formal ▪ clothing. ► VERB (apparelled, apparelling; US appareled, appareling) archaic ▪ clothe. ORIGIN Old French apareillier, from Latin ad to + par equal …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8apparel — {{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

  • 9apparel — 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

  • 10apparel — noun Apparel is used before these nouns: ↑retailer Apparel is used after these nouns: ↑motorcycle …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11apparel — n. wearing apparel * * * [ə pærəl] wearing apparel …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12apparel — [[t]əpæ̱rəl[/t]] N UNCOUNT Apparel means clothes, especially formal clothes worn on an important occasion. [mainly AM, FORMAL] Women s apparel is offered in petite, regular, and tall models. Syn: clothing …

    English dictionary

  • 13apparel — 1 noun (U) 1 formal clothes, especially clothes worn on a special occasion: the Queen s ceremonial apparel 2 ladies /men s/children s apparel especially AmE a word for clothes, often used in shops 2 verb (transitive + in) old use to dress someone …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14apparel — I. transitive verb ( eled or elled; eling or elling) Etymology: Middle English appareillen, from Anglo French apparailler to prepare, from Vulgar Latin *appariculare, from Latin apparare Date: 14th century 1. to put clothes on ; dress …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15apparel — /euh par euhl/, n., v., appareled, appareling or (esp. Brit.) apparelled, apparelling. n. 1. clothing, esp. outerwear; garments; attire; raiment. 2. anything that decorates or covers. 3. superficial appearance; aspect; guise. 4. Naut. the masts,… …

    Universalium

  • 16Apparel —    In Old Testament times the distinction between male and female attire was not very marked. The statute forbidding men to wear female apparel (Deut. 22:5) referred especially to ornaments and head dresses.    Both men and women wore    1) an… …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 17apparel — Synonyms and related words: appoint, array, attire, bedizenment, clad, clothes, clothing, costume, drapery, dress, dressing, duds, enclothe, fashion, fatigues, feathers, fig, garb, garment, garments, gear, guise, habiliment, habiliments, habit,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18apparel — ap|par|el [ ə perəl ] noun uncount 1. ) AMERICAN a word for clothes, used especially in stores or other businesses: Men s apparel is on the second floor. 2. ) LITERARY the clothes someone is wearing, especially unusual or formal clothes …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19apparel — [13] Apparel has the same source as apparatus, and originally it had the same meaning, too: until as late as the start of the 18th century, it was used for ‘equipment needed for performing a particular function’. But the sense ‘clothing’ is of… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20apparel — noun, formal the senator is noted for her snazzy apparel Syn: clothes, clothing, garments, dress, attire, wear, garb, getup; informal gear, togs, duds, threads; archaic raiment, habit, habiliments …

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