Definition of apparel in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpar(ə)l/


[mass noun] formal or US
1Clothing: they were dressed in bright apparel
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.
clothes, clothing, garments, dress, attire, wear, garb, wardrobe;
outfit, costume;
robes, vestments
informal gear, get-up, togs, duds, garms
British informal clobber, kit, rig-out
North American informal threads
literary 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, apparelling, apparelled; US apparels, appareling, appareled)

[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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