Definition of apparel in US 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.’
    • ‘If you look at apparel, women are wearing more delicate colors, and pastels go along with the retro movements.’
    • ‘The thought of his roommate wearing such apparel sent blood rushing to his cheeks.’
    • ‘Riders not only wear helmets, vests and other usual biker apparel but they also wear these tattoos and piercing.’
    • ‘Thus, it is advisable for riders to wear motorcycle apparel to protect and comfort them.’
    • ‘Skins were shipped overseas and worked into wallets, boots, jackets, and other apparel.’
    • ‘Board members and clients meet at a table surrounded with examples of basketball shoes and other apparel.’
    • ‘The thread is then used by knitting mills to produce fabrics, which would in turn be used by the garment industry to produce apparel.’
    • ‘The company now sells everything from yoga apparel to hockey gear to golf equipment.’
    • ‘Heavier weights for rugged apparel and outdoor gear include pack cloth and ballistic nylons.’
    • ‘This is a site for those who like to wear loud golf apparel.’
    • ‘Lambskin is a soft and supple leather generally used for jackets, pants and other fashion apparel.’
    • ‘Trust Jane to wear totally inappropriate apparel for a stealth mission such as this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Mexico, other shrinking sectors include shoes, tires, apparel and auto parts.’
    • ‘He was wearing his training apparel as well but his sword was secured behind his back.’
    • ‘Yet another reason to avoid wearing skintight apparel is its lack of sex appeal.’
    • ‘Colin's long hair was slicked back and he was dressed in semi-formal apparel.’
    clothes, clothing, garments, dress, attire, wear, garb, wardrobe
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    1. 1.1apparels Embroidered 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.’

verbapparels, appareled, apparelled, apparelling, appareling

[with object]archaic
  • Clothe (someone)

    ‘all the vestments in which they used to apparel their Deities’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He apparelled him after the Country manner, and gave him a Cryse of Hounour.’
    • ‘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.’
    equip, kit out, fit out, fit up, rig out, supply, issue, furnish with, provide, provision, stock, arm
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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’.