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Meaning of APPAREL

Pronunciation:  u'parul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  2. [v]  provide with clothes or put clothes on; "Parents must feed and dress their child"

APPAREL is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: article of clothing, clothe, clothes, clothing, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog, vesture, wear, wearing apparel
 Antonyms: discase, disrobe, peel, strip, strip down, uncase, unclothe, undress
 See Also: accessory, accouterment, accoutrement, array, attire, beachwear, black, blue, brace, change, change state, civilian clothing, civilian dress, civilian garb, coat, consumer goods, corset, costume, cover, covering, dress, dress up, duds, finery, footwear, frock, gallus, garb, garment, gown, gray, grey, G-string, habit, handwear, headdress, headgear, jacket, knitwear, leisure wear, lounger, neckpiece, nightclothes, nightwear, outerwear, overclothe, overclothes, overdress, plain clothes, prim, prim out, prim up, protective garment, raiment, regalia, robe, shirt, shoe, slip-on, slops, sportswear, street clothes, suspender, threads, togs, turn, uniform, vest, vesture, wardrobe, work-clothes, work-clothing, wrap up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    1. External clothing; vesture; garments; dress; garb;
       external habiliments or array.
             Fresh in his new apparel, proud and young. --Denham.
             At public devotion his resigned carriage made
             religion appear in the natural apparel of
             simplicity.                           --Tatler.
    2. A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and
       some other ecclesiastical vestments.
    3. (Naut.) The furniture of a ship, as masts, sails, rigging,
       anchors, guns, etc.
    Syn: Dress; clothing; vesture; garments; raiment; garb;
         costume; attire; habiliments.
  2. \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.]
    2. To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
             Ships . . . appareled to fight.       --Hayward.
    3. To dress or clothe; to attire.
             They which are gorgeously appareled, and live
             delicately, are in kings' courts.     --Luke vii.
    4. To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something
       ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled
       with flowers, or a garden with verdure.
             Appareled in celestial light.         --Wordsworth.
Easton Bible Dictionary

In Old Testament times the distinction between male and female attire was not very marked. The statute forbidding men to wear female apparel (Deut. 22:5) referred especially to ornaments and head-dresses. Both men and women wore (1) an under garment or tunic, which was bound by a girdle. One who had only this tunic on was spoken of as "naked" (1 Sam. 19:24; Job 24:10; Isa. 20:2). Those in high stations sometimes wore two tunics, the outer being called the "upper garment" (1 Sam. 15:27; 18:4; 24:5; Job 1:20). (2.) They wore in common an over-garment ("mantle," Isa. 3:22; 1 Kings 19:13; 2 Kings 2:13), a loose and flowing robe. The folds of this upper garment could be formed into a lap (Ruth 3:15; Ps. 79:12; Prov. 17:23; Luke 6:38). Generals of armies usually wore scarlet robes (Judg. 8:26; Nah. 2:3). A form of conspicuous raiment is mentioned in Luke 20:46; comp. Matt. 23:5.

Priests alone wore trousers. Both men and women wore turbans. Kings and nobles usually had a store of costly garments for festive occasions (Isa. 3:22; Zech. 3:4) and for presents (Gen. 45:22; Esther 4:4; 6:8, 11; 1 Sam. 18:4; 2 Kings 5:5; 10:22). Prophets and ascetics wore coarse garments (Isa. 20:2; Zech. 13:4; Matt. 3:4).

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