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Old French apareillier.



apparel (countable and uncountable, plural apparels)

  1. Clothing.
    • Denham
      fresh in his new apparel, proud and young
    • Tatler
      At public devotion his resigned carriage made religion appear in the natural apparel of simplicity.
  2. A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments.
  3. (nautical) The furniture of a ship, such as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc.




apparel (third-person singular simple present apparels, present participle appareling or apparelling, simple past and past participle appareled or apparelled)

  1. (transitive) To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
    ships appareled to fight
  2. (transitive) To dress or clothe; to attire.
    They which are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. --Luke vii. 25.
  3. (transitive) To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental
    trees appareled with flowers
    a garden appareled with greenery


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