Rebracketing of napron (a napron → an apron), from Middle English naperon, napron, from Old French napperon, diminutive of nappe (“tablecloth”), from Latin mappa (“napkin”). The phrase a napron was reinterpreted as an apron, which is why the initial n is now missing. For other similar cases of rebracketing, see adder, daffodil, newt, nickname, orange, trickle, umpire.
apron (plural aprons)
- An article of clothing worn over the front of the torso and/or legs for protection from spills; also historically worn by Freemasons and as part of women's fashion.
- The short cassock ordinarily worn by English bishops.
- A hard surface bordering a structure or area.
- (aviation) The paved area of an airport, especially the area where aircraft park away from a terminal
- The spreading end of a driveway.
- The paved area below the yellow line on a race track.
- The loading, parking or roadway area immediately beside a railway station
- The portion of a stage extending towards the audience beyond the proscenium arch in a theatre.
- (pinball) A large decal toward the bottom of a pinball table.
- The sides of a tree's canopy.
- The cap of a cannon; a piece of lead laid over the vent to keep the priming dry.
- A removable cover for the passengers' feet and legs in an open horse carriage.
- (transitive) To cover with, or as if with, an apron.
- Alternative form of