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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
lapel
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
wide
▪ Some of them are deliberately military, with wide lapels, brass buttons and deep cuffs.
▪ He was wearing a trench coat, military style with wide lapels, the collar turned up, belted.
▪ The thrift men wear absurd combinations of checkered pants and checkered polyester jackets with wide lapels.
▪ All the men wore the same cut of beige suit with wide lapels and thick stitching.
▪ He wore a cravat and a dark, sober suit with wide lapels.
■ NOUN
pin
▪ You can pick up shoulder patches, lapel pins, badges, and more.
▪ Each participant received a packet including information guides, maps, a Super Bowl cap and a Share the Warmth lapel pin.
▪ I packed my AK-47 lapel pin, my polyester-blend suit and some white shoes for sporty occasions.
▪ Writer Tim Cahill likes to hand out commemorative lapel pins.
■ VERB
grab
▪ Scott grabbed him by the lapels and hauled him to his feet.
▪ He stumbled, but before he could fall, he was spun around and Buck Leeper grabbed him by his lapel.
▪ This product grabs Windows by the lapels and uses it in a whole new way.
▪ As Singer went back, he grabbed Pascoe's lapel, dragging him on, and they both fell.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ As Singer went back, he grabbed Pascoe's lapel, dragging him on, and they both fell.
▪ He stood, and Squirt held up the silver jacket with the satin lapels and Mulcahey put his arms into it.
▪ He stumbled, but before he could fall, he was spun around and Buck Leeper grabbed him by his lapel.
▪ Jim wore a blue ribbon on his black lapel.
▪ Makeup began to whiten his lapels like droppings on a statue.
▪ Now police have seized 3,000 forged lapel tickets in a raid on this Birmingham pub and a number of houses.
▪ She takes the pin from me, secures it back on her lapel, and drifts off.
▪ There is a lot of lapel twitching.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lapel

Lapel \La*pel"\, n. [Dim. of lap a fold.] That part of a garment which is turned back; specifically, the lap, or fold, of the front of a coat in continuation of collar. [Written also lappel and lapelle.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
lapel

1751 (implied in lapelled), from lap (n.) + -el, diminutive suffix. Compare lappet.

Wiktionary
lapel

n. Each of the two triangular pieces of cloth on a suit which are folded back below the throat, leaving a triangular opening between.

WordNet
lapel

n. lap at the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar

Gazetteer
Lapel, IN -- U.S. town in Indiana
Population (2000): 1855
Housing Units (2000): 788
Land area (2000): 0.766059 sq. miles (1.984083 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.766059 sq. miles (1.984083 sq. km)
FIPS code: 42228
Located within: Indiana (IN), FIPS 18
Location: 40.068006 N, 85.847478 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 46051
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
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Wikipedia
Lapel

Lapels are the folded flaps of cloth on the front of a jacket or coat, and are most commonly found on formal clothing and suit jackets. Usually they are formed by folding over the front edges of the jacket or coat and sewing them to the collar, an extra piece of fabric around the back of the neck.

There are three basic forms of lapels: notched, peaked and shawl. Notched lapels, the most common, are usually seen on business suits. Peaked lapels are more formal, and nearly always used on double breasted jackets or coats, but it also frequently appears on single breasted suits commonly paired with a vest. Shawl lapels are usually carried by dinner jackets, mess jackets and tuxedos.

Usage examples of "lapel".

Stalinist lapels and hemlines into spangly kitsch, the Day-Glo designer industrial-waste outlets vending pet elements from beyond the actinide seriesin all this synthetic needs-mongering, Kraft and Linda stumble upon a bookstore.

He carried a hand-blaster in a shiny white holster hanging from a white Sam Browne belt, a sparkling brass whistle was suspended from the lapel of his overcoat, and a scarlet and gold aiguillette was wrapped around his shoulder.

And yet I have seen a sprig of arbutus in rough and clumsy buttonholes on weather-faded lapels which, the rest of the twelve-month through, know no other flower.

Jessica had known where to put him because Herbert Franklin Colcannon had obligingly worn a carnation in his lapel.

She pushed up her sleeves, rinsing hands and forearms, flapped the open lapels of her cotte hardie and welcomed the dribble of cool water inside the heavy garment.

He wore creaseless flannel trousers and a brown tweed jacket with patches all over it and bits of dried food on the lapels.

As was the morning coat he wore over it with faultlessly articulated m-notch lapels and a roll collar cut high in the back.

She held the lapels of her green dressing gown together and blinked at Findhorn curiously.

He asked for orange juice, eggs, bacon, and toast, while Professor Flyte adjusted the day-old carnation pinned to the lapel of his somewhat shiny blue suit.

Mr Hynes took off his hat, shook it and then turned down the collar of his coat, displaying, as he did so, an ivy leaf in the lapel.

Jacques, his horse, and the packman go inside, with Jacques and the packman keeping firm hold of each other by the lapels.

Choosing a rose, Jarrock used the pin to fasten it to his coat lapel, all the while watching Cardona from the corner of his eye.

His sudden uncertainty was as obvious as the flag pin in his lapel: Lome was now a veteran, not an aging hippy.

Nikolos said, his eyes taking on a faraway look as he refastened the brooch onto his lapel.

She handed Richman a tape recorder, clipped a microphone to his lapel, and told him what they were going to do.