apparel

\ \ [13] Apparel has the same source as apparatus, and originally it had the same meaning, too: until as late as the start of the 18th century, it was used for ‘equipment needed for performing a particular function’. But the sense ‘clothing’ is of equal antiquity in English, and by the 16th century it had become established as the central meaning of the word. Its immediate source was Old French apareil (modern French appareil means chiefly ‘apparatus’), which came from a hypothetical Vulgar Latin verb *appariculāre, an irregular formation based on Latin apparāremake ready’ (see APPARATUS).
\ \ Cf.PARENT, PREPARE

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  • apparel — ap‧par‧el [əˈpærəl] noun [uncountable] formal clothes: • The apparel industry continues to suffer as retailers report weak clothing sales. * * * apparel UK US /əˈpærəl/ noun [U] ► COMMERCE clothes: »The store specializes in …   Financial and business terms

  • Apparel — Ap*par el, n. [OE. apparel, apareil, OF. apareil, appareil, preparation, provision, furniture, OF. apareiller to match, prepare, F. appareiller; OF. a (L. ad) + pareil like, similar, fr. LL. pariculus, dim. of L. par equal. See {Pair}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apparel — vb *clothe, attire, dress, array, robe Analogous words: outfit, accouter, appoint, equip (see FURNISH) Antonyms: divest Contrasted words: *strip, bare, dismantle, denude apparel n *clothes, clothing, dress, attire, raiment …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • apparel — [ə per′əl, əpar′əl] n. [ME appareil < OFr apareil < VL * appariculum, equipment < * appariculare, to clothe < L apparare: see APPARATUS] 1. clothing; garments; attire 2. anything that clothes or adorns [the white apparel of winter] 3 …   English World dictionary

  • Apparel — Ap*par el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Appareled}, or {Apparelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Appareling}, or {Apparelling}.] [OF. apareiller.] 1. To make or get (something) ready; to prepare. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To furnish with apparatus; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apparel — This term is used for general dress and also to specify the embroidered borders of ecclesiastical vestments. The part of the amice which formed a sort of ornamental collar where it rested on the shoulders. It was decorated with needlework, or… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • apparel — [n] clothing; covering accoutrement, array, attire, clothes, costume, drapery, dress, duds*, equipment, garb, garment, gear*, getup*, habiliment, habit, outfit, raiment, rig*, robe, suit, threads*, trapping, vestment; concepts 451,473 …   New thesaurus

  • apparel — ► NOUN formal ▪ clothing. ► VERB (apparelled, apparelling; US appareled, appareling) archaic ▪ clothe. ORIGIN Old French apareillier, from Latin ad to + par equal …   English terms dictionary

  • apparel — {{11}}apparel (n.) personal outfit or attire, early 14c., also ship s rigging, from O.Fr. apareil preparation, from apareillier (see APPAREL (Cf. apparel) (v.)). Earlier in same sense was apparelment (early 14c.). {{12}}apparel (v.) mid 13c., to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • apparel — ap|par|el [əˈpærəl] n [U] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: apareil preparation , from apareillier, from Latin apparare; APPARATUS] formal clothes ▪ She looked lovely, despite her strange apparel. ▪ men wearing protective apparel ▪ We sell… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • apparel — noun Apparel is used before these nouns: ↑retailer Apparel is used after these nouns: ↑motorcycle …   Collocations dictionary

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