The Collaborative International Dictionary
Apparel \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 Pair.]
External clothing; vesture; garments; dress; garb; external habiliments or array.
Fresh in his new apparel, proud and young.
At public devotion his resigned carriage made religion appear in the natural apparel of simplicity.
A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments.
(Naut.) The furniture of a ship, as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc.
Syn: Dress; clothing; vesture; garments; raiment; garb; costume; attire; habiliments.
Apparel \Ap*par"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Appareled, or Apparelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Appareling, or Apparelling.] [OF. apareiller.]
To make or get (something) ready; to prepare. [Obs.]
To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
Ships . . . appareled to fight.
To dress or clothe; to attire.
They which are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
--Luke vii. 25.
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.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-13c., "to equip (in any way)," from Old French apareillier (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *appariculare. This is either from Latin apparare "prepare, make ready" (see apparatus), or from Vulgar Latin *ad-particulare "to put things together." The meaning "to attire in proper clothing" is from mid-14c. Cognate with Italian aparecchiare, Spanish aparejar, Portuguese aparelhar. Related: Appareled; apparelled; appareling; apparelling.
"personal outfit or attire," early 14c., also "ship's rigging," from Old French apareil "preparation," from apareillier (see apparel (v.)). Earlier in same sense was apparelment (early 14c.).
n. 1 clothing 2 A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments. 3 (context nautical English) The furniture of a ship, such as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out. 2 (context transitive English) To dress or clothe; to attire. 3 (context transitive English) To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled with flowers, or a garden with verdure.
Usage examples of "apparel".
So they abode there but two days, and on the third day were led away by a half score of men gaily apparelled after their manner, and having with them many sumpter-beasts with provision for the road.
Mighty chests and almeries hasped and bound with gold stood against the wall, wherein he kept his rich apparel.
You probably spent the morning practicing Solar Pool and dreaming about anachronistic distaff apparel, and never bothered to keep up with world events.
Susan Bates was busy with Eliza Marshall up-stairs over certain sombre-hued apparel, and Roger was writing down a list of names and addresses for Theodore Brower upon the dining-room table.
And to the intent you may beleeve me I will shew you an example : wee were come nothing nigh to Thebes, where is the fountain of our art and science, but we learned where a rich Chuffe called Chriseros did dwell, who for fear of offices in the publique wel dissembled his estate, and lived sole and solitary in a small coat, howbeit replenished with aboundance of treasure, and went daily in ragged and torn apparel.
But ever as he grew older he thought more of her, and it pained him very much to know that even now, when he was living in comfort, with good food and rich apparel, she, to whom he owed so much, was perhaps labouring as a bondswoman under some cruel master.
Then the presents were brought him, his bason and ewer, bed and furniture set up, his scarlet cloke and apparel, with much adoe put on him, being persuaded by Namontuck they would not hurt him.
As no woman was ever more conceited of her beauty, or more desirous of making impression on the hearts of beholders, no one ever went to a greater extravagance in apparel, or studied more the variety and richness of her dresses.
We began to feel a doubt that Egger would take us in, and so much did his brick magnificence impress us that we regretted we had not brought apparel fit for the society we were about to enter.
She dismissed the feeling, and assumed her own bright face as Dame Farina reappeared, bearing on her arm a convent garb, and other apparel.
What would she have done, if I had painted her in the simple apparel of the golden age, without any of those veils which modesty imposes upon her sex!
It was the first time that I had seen a country beauty in such splendid apparel.
And, suddenlie, out of a place like a wood, eight wild men, all apparelled in greene mosse, made with sleved silke, with ouglie weapons, and terrible visages, and there fought with the knights eight to eight: and, after long fighting, the armed knights drove the wild men out of their places, and followed the chase out of the hall, and when they were departed, the tent opened, and there came out six lords and six ladies richlie apparelled, and dansed a great time.
In the lower they apparelled them selves, and in the higher rowme they played, beinge all open on the tope, that all behoulders might heare and see them.
On his back and head were two men in whom, with my glasses, I recognized the lame priest whom I already knew too well and Simba, the king of the Black Kendah, himself, gorgeously apparelled and waving a long spear, seated in a kind of wooden chair.