either of the front parts of a coat, jacket, etc. folded back on the chest, forming a continuation of the collar
Origin of lapeldiminutive of lap
The part of a garment, such as a coat or jacket, that is an extension of the collar and folds back against the breast.
Origin of lapelFrom lap 1
- la·peled′ la·pelled′
From lap +"Ž -el (“diminutive suffix").