noun• formal or US
- 1Clothing.More example sentences
- The market for sports shoes and apparel in China last year was worth some $3 billion.
- Many were even dressed in camouflaged military apparel with masks over their faces.
- Riders not only wear helmets, vests and other usual biker apparel but they also wear these tattoos and piercing.
- 1.1 (apparels) Embroidered ornamentation on ecclesiastical vestments.More example sentences
- He connects the apparels on the wrists 'with a miraculous legend of St. Martin.
- My guess is that the apparels on the amice and alb are a hangover from more ornate times.
verb (apparels, appareling, appareled; British apparels, apparelling, apparelled)[with object] • archaic Back to top
- Clothe (someone): all the vestments in which they used to apparel their DeitiesMore example sentences
- And he said to his Ministers, Ascend, and bring me the child, for I will examine him, and know the Prophet's meaning, and he apparelled him richly, and gave him much, but he prevailed not.
- He apparelled him after the Country manner, and gave him a Cryse of Hounour.
- Now, in his fantasy, he apparelled her like a man; and presently despoiling her of that habit, he gave her another of a nymph; which he took away also, to attire her with the ornaments and majesty of a queen; not leaving any raiment but he gave it unto her, either to make her wise or to make her a vaunting fool; and generally he imagined her to be grave, merry, discreet, subtle and virtuous, which parts are ill-befitting a fair comedian.
Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'make ready or fit'; as a noun 'furnishings, equipment'): from Old French apareillier, based on Latin ad- 'to' (expressing change) + par 'equal'.