• WordNet 3.6
    • n lapel lap at the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lapel That part of a garment which is turned back; specifically, the lap, or fold, of the front of a coat in continuation of collar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lapel A part of a garment which laps over another part, or which is turned over and folded back, either permanent or adjustable, as for buttoning and unbuttoning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lapel la-pel′ the part of the breast of a coat which laps over and is folded back
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  • Maya Angelou
    “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”
  • Maya Angelou
    “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.”
  • O. Henry Porter
    O. Henry Porter
    “She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint (the universal act of woman to proclaim ownership).”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. of lap, a fold
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dim. of lap.


In literature:

He wore the colours of a regiment with which he had served for a time, and a silver badge on the right lapel of his tweed jacket.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
Passing a hand nervously to the lapel he jerked the garment into place while he responded to her greeting.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Then, as he came close to her, she drew the wild rose through the lapel of his coat, and he bent his head and touched his lips to the blossom.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
A breeze blew the lapel of his light coat out a little way and there his eye caught the glint of a pin-head.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
On the halfway landing of the stairs stood a figure robed in scarlet from head to foot, with flying indigo lapels.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
They hung nearly to his waist, down in front, over each coat lapel.
"Battling the Clouds" by Captain Frank Cobb
Bob turned the lapels of his coat back and threw out his chest ponderously.
"The Boy Broker" by Frank A. Munsey
He caught Fandor by the lapel of his coat.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
He grinned joyously and flipped back the lapel of his coat, displaying a nickeled badge.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
But here is his Excellency with his Sultan's green button in his lapel.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The man who had waked him grasped him by the lapel of his coat.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Poor Moyne, who took the chair, wore one of the lilies, a very small one, in the lapel of his coat.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
She flung herself upon him, clutching the lapels of his coat.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
She got up, so that she was on her knees, and fingered the lapels of his coat.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
At sight of the little American flag which Tubby wore on the lapel of his coat her eyes glistened.
"The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields" by Lieut. Howard Payson
He reached over and grabbed the lapel of my coat in his fist.
"The Double Spy" by Dan T. Moore
Savagely he caught hold of the other's coat lapel and shook him with an incredible strength.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
Flicking dust from his lapel with a suave gesture, Martin picked up the telephone.
"The Ego Machine" by Henry Kuttner
Big-girthed men hold one another by watch chains and lapels and tell loud-mouthed stories of their triumphant practice.
"The Case and Exceptions" by Frederick Trevor Hill
An old-styled frock coat of black, dull brown in streaks, and quite shiny about the collar and lapels.
"The Old Soldiers Story" by James Whitcomb Riley

In poetry:

There once was a happy Hyena
Who played on an old concertina.
He dressed very well,
And in his lapel
He carelessly stuck a verbena.
"The Happy Hyena" by Carolyn Wells
It was all accidental.
He lived flecking lint off coat lapels
Of men he talked with.
He kissed the miners' babies
And wrote a Denver paper
Of picket silhouettes on a mountain line.
"Memoir Of A Proud Boy" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

How to Wear a Vest Lapel.
The Esquire fashion director will now get down to details on vest lapels.
Comes bundled with earbuds and a lapel mic.
With a minor inventiveness, a lapel pin can be a prosperous ingredient of any organization's fundraising technique.
Some of the women wore matching white dresses, while the men slipped on tuxedo jackets and pinned flowers to their lapels.
Hockessin Montessori students are decorating sea shells that will be used to make lapel pins to help with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
If they really want to look like men of the people, I think President Obama and Governor Romney should wear these on their lapels tonight.
Kindergarten students work on their projects in Mrs Gayscott's classroom at Lapel Elementary School in November.
But if you take the long view, you'll see a compelling show that grabs you by the lapels and forces you to watch and think.
"I always assumed I might come as a guest but not a lapel-wearing member.".
Jackson police officers were allowed to show team loyalties on the even of the big game between MSU and U of M. Officers in uniform were given permission to wear lapel pins on their uniforms.
Patriots and the lapel pin.
This beautiful lapel pin helps you show your pride in Toastmasters and your educational accomplishments of becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster.
What's the spot on Romney's lapel pin .
Ryan Stewart wore the blue Berkeley "B" on his lapel, not a Georgia Tech or Detroit Lions pin.

In science:

I have used two varieties of portable microphones: a Sony Omnidirectional ECMF01 Microphone and Sony WCS-999 cordless lapel microphones.
Technical paper: Collecting classroom video on a budget