A man wearing an apron.
A pinafore is an example of an apron.
- 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 of apronby faulty separation of a napron ; from Middle English napron ; from Old French naperon ; from nape, a cloth ; from Classical Latin mappa, napkin
- A garment, usually fastened in the back, worn over all or part of the front of the body to protect clothing.
- Something that resembles this garment in appearance or function, especially:a. A protective shield for a machine.b. The paved strip in front of and around airport hangars and terminal buildings.c. The part of a stage in a theater extending in front of the curtain.d. A platform, as of planking, at the entrance to a dock.e. An upper rail or carved panel extending between the legs of a piece of furniture, as beneath a tabletop or chair seat.f. A piece of horizontal trim mounted beneath an interior windowsill.g. A covering or structure along a shoreline for protection against erosion or a platform serving a similar purpose below a dam or in a sluiceway.h. An area covered by sand and gravel deposited at the front of a glacial moraine.i. A continuous conveyor belt.j. A border of slightly longer grass that surrounds a green on a golf course.k. The part of a boxing ring floor that extends beyond the ropes.
transitive verba·proned, a·pron·ing, a·prons
Origin of apronMiddle English, from an apron, alteration of a napron, from Old French naperon, diminutive of nape, tablecloth, from Latin mappa, napkin; see map.
late 17th-century to early 18th-century Chinese lacquered table
- An article of clothing worn over the front of the torso and/or legs for protection from spills.
- A hard surface bordering a structure or area.
- The paved area of an airport, especially the area where aircraft park away from a terminal
- The spreading end of a driveway.
- The paved area below the yellow line on a race track.
- The loading, parking or roadway area immediately beside a railway station
- The portion of a stage extending towards the audience beyond the proscenium arch in a theatre.
- The sides of a tree’s canopy.