American English

Definition of apron noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a piece of clothing worn over the front of the body, from the chest or the waist down, and tied around the waist. Aprons are worn over other clothes to keep them clean, for example when cooking.
  2. 2(technology) an area with a hard surface at an airport, where aircraft are turned around, loaded, etc.
  3. 3(also apron stage) (technology) (in a theater) the part of the stage that is in front of the curtain
  4. Idioms
    (tied to) somebody's apron strings
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    (too much under) the influence and control of someone Foreign governments needing aid often cling to America's apron strings.
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