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1a protective or decorative garment worn over the front of one’s clothes and tied at the back. a garment similar to an apron worn as part of official dress, as by an Anglican bishop or a Freemason. a sheet of lead worn to shield the body during an X-ray examination. 2a small area adjacent to another larger area or structure:a tiny apron of garden a hard-surfaced area on an airfield used for maneuvering or parking aircraft. (also apron stage) a projecting strip of stage for playing scenes in front of the curtain. US a broadened area of pavement at the end of a driveway. the narrow strip of the floor of a boxing ring lying outside the ropes. the outer edge or border of a golf green. Geology an extensive outspread deposit of sediment, typically at the foot of a glacier or mountain. 3an object resembling an apron in shape or function, in particular. a covering protecting an area or structure, for example, from water erosion. [often as modifier] an endless conveyor made of overlapping plates:apron feeders bring coarse ore to a grinding mill Medicine a pendulous fold of abdominal fat that obscures the genital region.