Monday, November 24, 2008


/əˈpærəl/ [uh-par-uhl]
noun, verb, -eled, -el⋅ing or (especially British) -elled, -el⋅ling.
–noun 1. clothing, esp. outerwear; garments; attire; raiment.
2. anything that decorates or covers.
3. superficial appearance; aspect; guise.
4. Nautical. the masts, sails, anchor, etc., used to equip a vessel.
5. Ecclesiastical. a piece of embroidery, usually oblong, on certain vestments, esp. on the alb or amice.
–verb (used with object) 6. to dress or clothe.
7. to adorn; ornament.
8. Nautical. to equip (a vessel) with apparel.
1200–50; ME appareillen < OF apareillier to make fit, fit out < VL *appariculāre, equiv. to ap- ap- 1 + *paricul(us) a fit (see par, -cule 1 ) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re inf. suffix

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