• WordNet 3.6
    • v apparel provide with clothes or put clothes on "Parents must feed and dress their child"
    • n apparel clothing in general "she was refined in her choice of apparel","he always bought his clothes at the same store","fastidious about his dress"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Walmart-mart sells more apparel a year than all the other competing department stores combined
    • Apparel A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments.
    • Apparel 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."
    • Apparel (Naut) The furniture of a ship, as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc.
    • Apparel To dress or clothe; to attire. "They which are gorgeously appareled , and live delicately, are in kings' courts."
    • Apparel 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."
    • Apparel To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out. "Ships . . . appareled to fight."
    • Apparel To make or get (something) ready; to prepare.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In India, Pajamas are accepted as standard daytime wearing apparel.
    • apparel To make ready; prepare; fit out; put in proper order.
    • apparel To dress or clothe; adorn or set off; deck with ornaments.
    • apparel To furnish with external apparatus; equip: as, ships appareled for sea.
    • n apparel Preparation; the work of preparing or providing.
    • n apparel Things prepared or provided; articles or materials to be used for a given purpose; apparatus; equipment. Specifically— The furniture, appendages, or attachments of a house.
    • n apparel A person's outer clothing or vesture; raiment; external array; hence, figuratively, aspect; guise.
    • n apparel Eccles., an ornament of the alb and amice, found as a simple fringe or colored stripe earlier than the tenth century, most extensively employed and elaborate in workmanship during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and still used in the form of pieces of lace sewed upon silk. The apparels of the alb are either oblong quadrangular patches on the wrists and on the skirt before and behind, or bands completely encircling the skirt and wrists. The apparel of the amice is on the outside part, which is turned down like a collar. It was often in orphrey-work adorned with precious stones so disposed as to form sacred emblems. Synonyms Raiment, costume, attire, clothes, garb, habiliments.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apparel ap-par′el covering for the body, dress: aspect, guise:
    • v.t Apparel to dress, adorn:—pr.p. appar′elling or appar′eling; pa.p. appar′elled or appar′eled
    • n Apparel ap-par′el (arch.) the rigging of a ship
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The apparel oft proclaims the man.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, but not expressed in fancy; rich not gaudy; for the apparel oft proclaims the man.”
  • George W. Crane
    George W. Crane
    “Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public. Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “God makes, and apparel shapes; but it's money that finishes the man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. apareiller, through obscure Low L. forms from L. par, equal, like.


In literature:

The woman began to search frantically in a closet, throwing out shoes, dresses, and other feminine wearing apparel.
"Joe Strong The Boy Fire-Eater" by Vance Barnum
The rich Tartars are clothed in sables and ermines, and other rich furs, and in cloth of gold, and all their apparel and furniture is very costly.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. I" by Robert Kerr
He wears his apparel much after the fashion; his means will not suffer him to come too nigh.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
The discharge from our bodies by perspiration renders frequent changes of apparel necessary.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
On the other hand, the old parts of the town, when seen from a distance, are always presenting themselves in new apparel.
"Yorkshire--Coast & Moorland Scenes" by Gordon Home
To see a silly contemptible sloven in apparel, ragged in his coat, polite in speech, of a divine spirit, wise?
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Some half-decayed pieces of cloth and portions of wearing apparel were still lying in it.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
They appear to have been well apparelled.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
They appear to have been well apparelled.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Together with him went his wife and her son, richly apparelled.
"French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France" by Marie de France

In poetry:

The merchants brought him cedar chests of rich
apparel bound with cords:
His train was borne by Memphian lords: young
kings were glad to be his guests.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Spring came out of the woodland chase,
With her violet eyes and her primrose face,
With an iris scarf for her sole apparel,
And a voice as blithe as a blackbird's carol.
"The Passing Of Spring" by Alfred Austin
'Twas a Venerable Person, whom I met one Sunday morning,
All appareled as a prophet of a melancholy sect;
And in a Jeremiad of objurgatory warning
He lifted up his jodel to the following effect:
"At The Close Of The Canvass" by Ambrose Bierce
Then there's Petticoat Lane I venture to say,
It's a wonderful place on the Sabbath day;
There wearing apparel can be bought to suit the young or old
For the ready cash— silver, coppers, or gold.
"Descriptive Jottings of London" by William Topaz McGonagall
'Cat's i' the water butt!' Thought's in your verse-barrel,
Tell us this thing rather, then we'll believe you,
You, Master Bob Browning, spite your apparel
Jump to your sense and give praise as we'd lief do.
"Mesmerism" by Ezra Pound
The dead king lying in state in the Minster holy.
Fifty candles burn at his head and burn at his feet,
A crown and royal apparel upon him lorn and lowly,
And the cold hands stiff as horn by their cold palms meet.
"The Sleep of Sigismund" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Courtesy of tasc tasc performance apparel. says it provides apparel for the "Best of All Time".
One of the bidders of Irvine-based Billabong USA's Australian parent has withdrawn its offer, the action sports apparel maker and retailer said Wednesday.
It will open more company-owned "O" stores that stock the Oakley line of sunglasses , goggles, footwear, prescription eyewear, apparel and watches.
Philadelphia has the most purchases of sweat apparel items per capita in the last year.
Many institutions responded by adopting labor codes of conduct to ensure that apparel carrying college logos was produced under at least minimally acceptable conditions.
The consortium's goal is to make sure apparel carrying a university's name is not made in sweatshops .
Twenty-one Duke University students ended a sit-in at the office of the university president on Saturday night after agreeing with Duke's administration on a plan to help insure that apparel bearing Duke's name is not made in sweatshops .
I was upset after reading your Feb 1 front-page article on efforts to set minimum labor standards at apparel factories here and abroad.
Tucker Rocky's apparel house brands (see links at bottom) aren't the only ones displaying numerous new products.
However, Nadeau's got a new forte: He's not only stuffing squirrels lifelike to a fault, but mounting them in peculiar positions while donning apparel from hand-stitched clothing to beer bottle Koozies.
Chrysler has teamed up with Dearborn-based Carhartt for an apparel line to be sold with the - 12:52 am.
The Vans by Thalia Surf Shop morphed into an art gallery with a very special exhibit by skate pioneer and artist Neil Blender on Thursday, April 7 in a celebration of Blender's new apparel projects with Vans.
A recent study finds compression apparel beneficial for recovery.
Tilly 's, the clothing and apparel chain catering to surf, skate and motocross enthusiasts, is now open at the mall with the official grand opening set for Saturday, June 30.