Definition of apparel in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈperəl/


formal or US
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.
clothes, clothing, garments, dress, attire, wear, garb, getup
informal gear, togs, duds, threads
archaic raiment, habit, habiliments
1.1 (apparels) Embroidered ornamentation on ecclesiastical vestments.
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
Clothe (someone): all the vestments in which they used to apparel their Deities
More 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'.

Words that rhyme with apparel

barrel, carol, Carole, carrel, Carroll, Darrell, Darryl, Farrell

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Syllabification: ap·par·el

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