- The definition of apparel is anything you wear to protect, wrap, or beautify your body.
A jogging suit is an example of sports apparel.
These people are wearing exercise apparel.
- clothing; garments; attire
- anything that clothes or adorns: the white apparel of winter
- Archaic a ship's outfit or furnishings, as rigging, anchor, guns, etc.
Origin of apparelMiddle English appareil ; from Old French apareil ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form appariculum, equipment ; from an unverified form appariculare, to clothe ; from Classical Latin apparare: see apparatus
- Clothing, especially outer garments; attire.
- A covering or adornment: trees with their apparel of foliage.
transitive verbap·par·eled, ap·par·el·ing, ap·par·els or ap·par·elled or ap·par·el·ling
- To clothe or dress.
- To adorn or embellish.
Origin of apparelMiddle English appareil, from Old French apareil, preparation, from apareillier, to prepare, possibly from Vulgar Latin *appariculāre, from Latin apparāre; see apparatus .
(countable and uncountable, plural apparels)
(third-person singular simple present apparels, present participle appareling or apparelling, simple past and past participle appareled or apparelled)
- To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
- Ships . . . appareled to fight. --Hayward.
- 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.
Old French appareiller.