What does apron mean?

Definitions for apron
ˈeɪ prənapron

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apronnoun

    a garment of cloth or leather or plastic that is tied about the waist and worn to protect your clothing

  2. apronnoun

    (golf) the part of the fairway leading onto the green

  3. proscenium, apron, forestagenoun

    the part of a modern theater stage between the curtain and the orchestra (i.e., in front of the curtain)

  4. apronnoun

    a paved surface where aircraft stand while not being used


  1. apronnoun

    An article of clothing worn over the front of the torso and/or legs for protection from spills.

  2. apronnoun

    A hard surface bordering a structure or area.

  3. apronnoun

    The sides of a tree's canopy.

  4. Etymology: Earlier napron, from napperon, diminutive of nappe, from nappa. The phrase a napron was reinterpreted as an apron, that is why the initial n is now missing.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Apron

    in gunnery. A piece of lead which covers the touchhole of a great gun.

  2. Apronnoun

    A cloth hung before, to keep the other dress clean.

    Etymology: A word of uncertain etymology, but supposed by some to be contracted from afore one.

    Give us gold, good Timon: hast thou more? ————
    ———— ———— Hold up, you sluts,
    Your aprons mountant. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    The nobility think scorn to go in leather aprons. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    How might we see Falstaff, and not ourselves be seen? ————
    Put on two leather jerkins and aprons, and wait upon him at his table as drawers. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    In both these figures the vest is gathered up before them, like an apron, which you must suppose filled with fruits, as well as the cornucopiæ. Joseph Addison, on Medals.


  1. Apron

    An apron is a garment that is worn over other clothing to cover the front of the body. The word comes from old French napron meaning a small piece of cloth, however over time "a napron" became "an apron", through a linguistics process called rebracketing. It may have several purposes, typically as a functional accessory that protects clothes and skin from stains and marks. However, other types of aprons may be worn as a decoration, for hygienic reasons, as part of a uniform, or as protection from certain dangers such as acid, allergens or excessive heat. It can also be used at work stations to hold extra tools and pieces or protect from dust and unwanted materials. As a top layer that covers the front body, the apron is also worn as a uniform, adornment, ceremonial garb (e.g. Masonic apron) or fashion statement. Apron styles can be practical, fashionable, and sentimental.


  1. apron

    An apron is a protective garment that is worn over the front of one's clothes to shield them from stains or damages that can occur while cooking, cleaning, or performing certain work like painting or gardening. Aprons usually tie at the waist, and may cover the body down to the knees or lower.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apronnoun

    an article of dress, of cloth, leather, or other stuff, worn on the fore part of the body, to keep the clothes clean, to defend them from injury, or as a covering. It is commonly tied at the waist by strings

  2. Apronnoun

    something which by its shape or use suggests an apron;

  3. Apronnoun

    the fat skin covering the belly of a goose or duck

  4. Apronnoun

    a piece of leather, or other material, to be spread before a person riding on an outside seat of a vehicle, to defend him from the rain, snow, or dust; a boot

  5. Apronnoun

    a leaden plate that covers the vent of a cannon

  6. Apronnoun

    a piece of carved timber, just above the foremost end of the keel

  7. Apronnoun

    a platform, or flooring of plank, at the entrance of a dock, against which the dock gates are shut

  8. Apronnoun

    a flooring of plank before a dam to cause the water to make a gradual descent

  9. Apronnoun

    the piece that holds the cutting tool of a planer

  10. Apronnoun

    a strip of lead which leads the drip of a wall into a gutter; a flashing

  11. Apronnoun

    the infolded abdomen of a crab

  12. Etymology: [OE. napron, OF. naperon, F. napperon, dim. of OF. nape, F. nappe, cloth, tablecloth, LL. napa, fr. L. mappa, napkin, table napkin. See Map.]


  1. Apron

    An apron is an outer protective garment that covers primarily the front of the body. It may be worn for hygienic reasons as well as in order to protect clothes from wear and tear. The apron is commonly part of the uniform of several work categories, including waitresses, s nurses, and domestic workers. Many homemakers also wear them. It is also worn as a decorative garment by women. Aprons are also worn in many commercial establishments to protect workers clothes from damage, mainly bib aprons, but also others such as blacksmith or farrier aprons. In addition to cloth, aprons can be made from a variety of materials. Rubber aprons are commonly used by persons working with dangerous chemicals, and lead aprons are commonly worn by persons such as X-ray technicians who work near radiation. Aprons, such as those used by carpenters, may have many pockets to hold tools. Waterproof household aprons, made of oilcloth or PVC are suitable for cooking and washing dishes. The word apron is from the metanalysis of the term "a napron" to "an apron". The original spelling of napron has been lost.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apron

    ā′prun, n. a cloth or piece of leather worn before one to protect the dress, or as part of a distinctive official dress, as by Freemasons, &c.—aprons of silk or the like are often worn by ladies for mere ornament: the short cassock ordinarily worn by English bishops: anything resembling an apron in shape or use, as a gig-apron, &c.—v.t. to cover with, as with an apron.—adj. A′proned.—ns. A′pron-man (Shak.), a man who wears an apron, a mechanic; A′pron-string, a string by which an apron is attached to the person.—To be tied to a woman's apron-strings, to be bound to a woman as a child is bound to its mother. [O. Fr. naperonnappe, cloth, tablecloth—L. mappa, a napkin.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. apron

    A defined area on an airfield intended to accommodate aircraft for purposes of loading or unloading passengers or cargo, refueling, parking, or maintenance.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. apron

    A strengthening compass timber fayed abaft the lower part of the stern, and above the foremost end of the keel; that is, from the head down to the fore dead-wood knee, to which it is scarfed. It is sided to receive the fastenings of the fore-hoods or planking of the bow.--Apron of a gun, a square piece of sheet-lead laid over the touch-hole for protecting the vent from damp; also over the gun-lock.--Apron of a dock, the platform rising where the gates are closed, and on which the sill is fastened down.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. apron

    A piece of sheet-lead used to cover the vent of a cannon.

Editors Contribution

  1. apron

    A type of garment created and manufactured in a variety of colors, designs and styles.

    An apron can be worn in the kitchen to cook, outdoors whilst pegging the laundry and some professions use a type to hold simple tools whilst erecting or constructing something.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 12, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apron in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apron in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of apron in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Craig:

    I used an apron to pull him out, that’s how badly burned he was, he passed away, I want to say, three minutes after me pulling him out of the fire. I told him to hang on, listen to my voice, the ambulance is coming, they’re on their way … He took his last breath.

  2. Leticia Limbo:

    I wear that apron with so much pride because it's a conversation starter.

  3. Ken Fox:

    The Blue Apron experience is about exploration, that fits very well with wine. Pairing it with meals is the best way to do it.

  4. Martin Truex Jr.:

    Now there is no apron. You can’t use that. The grip of that fresh asphalt is going to be so much faster that you’re going to have to be in it. It’s going to be more challenging, more difficult to pass. turn 2 was a big challenge before with the bumps and the lack of grip.

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