- The definition of an apron is something that is worn to protect the front part of the body or to keep clothes from getting soiled.
A pinafore is an example of an apron.
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- a garment of cloth, leather, etc. worn over the front part of the body, usually to protect one's clothes
- anything like an apron in appearance or use; specif.,
- a covering or extending part for protecting or shielding a structure, machine, etc.
- a waterproof protecting shield in an open vehicle
- the hard-surfaced area, often paved, in front of or next to the terminal or hangars of an airport
- a broadened part of an automobile driveway, as where it joins the roadway
- the part of a proscenium stage in front of the arch
- an endless belt for carrying things
- a protective work of planking or other material along a river bank, below a dam, etc.
Origin: by faulty separation of a napron ; from Middle English napron ; from Old French naperon ; from nape, a cloth ; from Classical Latin mappa, napkin
- apronlike adjective
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- a. A garment, usually fastened in the back, worn over all or part of the front of the body to protect clothing.b. Something, such as a protective shield for a machine, that resembles this garment in appearance or function.
- The paved strip in front of and around airport hangars and terminal buildings.
- The part of a stage in a theater extending in front of the curtain.
- A platform, as of planking, at the entrance to a dock.
- a. A covering or structure along a shoreline for protection against erosion.b. A platform serving a similar purpose below a dam or in a sluiceway.
- A continuous conveyor belt.
- An area covered by sand and gravel deposited at the front of a glacial moraine.
- A border of slightly longer grass that surrounds a green on a golf course.
- The part of a boxing ring floor that extends beyond the ropes.
Origin: Middle English, from an apron, alteration of a napron, from Old French naperon, diminutive of nape, tablecloth, from Latin mappa, napkin; see map.
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