Definition of apparel in English:



  • 1Clothing.

    • ‘If you're looking for the ultimate power apparel, start with the yellow jersey.’
    • ‘There are so many choices for lounge wear and intimate apparel.’
    • ‘Riders not only wear helmets, vests and other usual biker apparel but they also wear these tattoos and piercing.’
    • ‘Board members and clients meet at a table surrounded with examples of basketball shoes and other apparel.’
    • ‘Many were even dressed in camouflaged military apparel with masks over their faces.’
    • ‘The company now sells everything from yoga apparel to hockey gear to golf equipment.’
    • ‘He was wearing his training apparel as well but his sword was secured behind his back.’
    • ‘Colin's long hair was slicked back and he was dressed in semi-formal apparel.’
    • ‘The market for sports shoes and apparel in China last year was worth some $3 billion.’
    • ‘Heavier weights for rugged apparel and outdoor gear include pack cloth and ballistic nylons.’
    • ‘If you look at apparel, women are wearing more delicate colors, and pastels go along with the retro movements.’
    • ‘The thread is then used by knitting mills to produce fabrics, which would in turn be used by the garment industry to produce apparel.’
    • ‘Skins were shipped overseas and worked into wallets, boots, jackets, and other apparel.’
    • ‘This is a site for those who like to wear loud golf apparel.’
    • ‘In Mexico, other shrinking sectors include shoes, tires, apparel and auto parts.’
    • ‘Yet another reason to avoid wearing skintight apparel is its lack of sex appeal.’
    • ‘Trust Jane to wear totally inappropriate apparel for a stealth mission such as this.’
    • ‘Lambskin is a soft and supple leather generally used for jackets, pants and other fashion apparel.’
    • ‘Thus, it is advisable for riders to wear motorcycle apparel to protect and comfort them.’
    • ‘The thought of his roommate wearing such apparel sent blood rushing to his cheeks.’
    clothes, clothing, garments, dress, attire, wear, garb, wardrobe
    outfit, costume
    robes, vestments
    gear, get-up, togs, duds, garms
    clobber, kit, rig-out
    raiment, habit, habiliments
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    1. 1.1Embroidered ornamentation on ecclesiastical vestments.
      • ‘My guess is that the apparels on the amice and alb are a hangover from more ornate times.’
      • ‘He connects the apparels on the wrists 'with a miraculous legend of St. Martin.’


[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Clothe (someone)

    ‘all the vestments in which they used to apparel their Deities’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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.