What does apparel mean?

Definitions for apparel
əˈpær əlap·par·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apparel, wearing apparel, dress, clothesverb

    clothing in general

    "she was refined in her choice of apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same store"; "fastidious about his dress"

  2. dress, clothe, enclothe, garb, raiment, tog, garment, habilitate, fit out, apparelverb

    provide with clothes or put clothes on

    "Parents must feed and dress their child"


  1. apparelnoun


  2. apparelverb

    To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.

    Ships . . . appareled to fight. --Hayward.

  3. apparelverb

    To dress or clothe; to attire.

    They which are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. --Luke vii. 25.

  4. apparelverb

    To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled with flowers, or a garden with verdure.

  5. Etymology: aparellier.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. APPARELnoun

    It has no plural.

    Etymology: appareil, Fr.

    I cannot cog and say, that thou art this and that, like many of those lisping hawthorn buds, that come like women in mens apparel, and smell like Bucklersbury in simpling time. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Our late burnt London, in apparel new,
    Shook off her ashes to have treated you. Edmund Waller.

    At publick devotion, his resigned carriage made religion appear in the natural apparel of simplicity. Tatler, №. 54.

  2. To Apparelverb

    Etymology: from apparel, the noun.

    With such robes were the king’s daughters that were virgins apparelled. 2 Sam. xiii. 18.

    She did apparel her apparel, and with the preciousness of her body made it most sumptuous. Philip Sidney.

    You may have trees apparelled with flowers, by boring holes in them, and putting into them earth, and setting seeds of violets. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 504.

    Shelves, and rocks, and precipices, and gulfs, being apparelled with a verdure of plants, would resemble mountains and valleys. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. Apparel

    Clothing (also known as clothes, garments, dress, apparel, or attire) is any item worn on the body. Typically, clothing is made of fabrics or textiles, but over time it has included garments made from animal skin and other thin sheets of materials and natural products found in the environment, put together. The wearing of clothing is mostly restricted to human beings and is a feature of all human societies. The amount and type of clothing worn depends on gender, body type, social factors, and geographic considerations. Garments cover the body, footwear covers the feet, gloves cover the hands, while hats and headgear cover the head. Eyewear and jewelry are not generally considered items of clothing, but play an important role in fashion and clothing as costume. Clothing serves many purposes: it can serve as protection from the elements, rough surfaces, sharp stones, rash-causing plants, insect bites, by providing a barrier between the skin and the environment. Clothing can insulate against cold or hot conditions, and it can provide a hygienic barrier, keeping infectious and toxic materials away from the body. It can protect feet from injury and discomfort or facilitate navigation in varied environments. Clothing also provides protection from ultraviolet radiation. It may be used to prevent glare or increase visual acuity in harsh environments, such as brimmed hats. Clothing is used for protection against injury in specific tasks and occupations, sports, and warfare. Fashioned with pockets, belts, or loops, clothing may provide a means to carry things while freeing the hands. Clothing has significant social factors as well. Wearing clothes is a variable social norm. It may connote modesty. Being deprived of clothing in front of others may be embarrassing. In many parts of the world, not wearing clothes in public so that genitals, breasts, or buttocks are visible could be considered indecent exposure. Pubic area or genital coverage is the most frequently encountered minimum found cross-culturally and regardless of climate, implying social convention as the basis of customs. Clothing also may be used to communicate social status, wealth, group identity, and individualism. Some forms of personal protective equipment amount to clothing, such as coveralls, chaps or a doctor's white coat, with similar requirements for maintenance and cleaning as other textiles (boxing gloves function both as protective equipment and as a sparring weapon, so the equipment aspect rises above the glove aspect). More specialized forms of protective equipment, such as face shields are classified protective accessories. At the far extreme, self-enclosing diving suits or space suits are form fitting body covers, and amount to a form of dress, without being clothing per se, while containing enough high technology to amount to more of a tool than a garment. This line will continue to blur as wearable technology embeds assistive devices directly into the fabric itself; the enabling innovations are ultra low power consumption and flexible electronic substrates. Clothing also hybridizes into a personal transportation system (ice skates, roller skates, cargo pants, other outdoor survival gear, one-man band) or concealment system (stage magicians, hidden linings or pockets in tradecraft, integrated holsters for concealed carry, merchandise-laden trench coats on the black market — where the purpose of the clothing often carries over into disguise). A mode of dress fit to purpose, whether stylistic or functional, is known as an outfit or ensemble.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apparelnoun

    external clothing; vesture; garments; dress; garb; external habiliments or array

  2. Apparelnoun

    a small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments

  3. Apparelnoun

    the furniture of a ship, as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc

  4. Apparelverb

    to make or get (something) ready; to prepare

  5. Apparelverb

    to furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out

  6. Apparelverb

    to dress or clothe; to attire

  7. Apparelverb

    to dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled with flowers, or a garden with verdure

  8. Etymology: [OF. apareiller.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apparel

    ap-par′el, n. covering for the body, dress: aspect, guise: (arch.) the rigging of a ship.—v.t. to dress, adorn:—pr.p. appar′elling or appar′eling; pa.p. appar′elled or appar′eled.—ns. Appar′elling, Appar′eling. [O. Fr. apareiller, through obscure Low L. forms from L. par, equal, like.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. apparel

    In marine insurance, means the furniture or appurtenances of a ship, as masts, yards, sails, ground gear, guns, &c. More comprehensive than apparatus.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apparel in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apparel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of apparel in a Sentence

  1. Aruna Kashyap:

    These global apparel brands are household names, they have a lot of leverage, and can and should do more to ensure their contracts with garment factories are not contributing to labor rights abuses.

  2. Ken Perkins:

    It could be the tariff situation that is concerning the investors... Obviously apparel retailers could be ultimately be affected because they import virtually everything.

  3. Anthony Chukumba:

    You really have to bifurcate between the largely apparel retailers and hard-goods retailers.

  4. Michael Kobori:

    We’ve been asking, ‘ how do we begin to engage consumers with understanding the way they impact the environment ? ’ now we are ready to begin the next step, of recycling clothing when no longer in use. We are setting our sights on that broader ‘ clothes loop ’ of how do we support a more circular economy for apparel ?

  5. William Shakespeare:

    Beware Of entrance to a quarrel but being in, Bear't that the opposed may beware of thee. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy rich, not gaudy For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. naiant
    • B. numinous
    • C. usurious
    • D. bristly

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