Definition of apron noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeɪprən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪprən//
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  1. 1 a 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. compare pinafore
  2. 2(specialist) an area with a hard surface at an airport, where aircraft are turned around, loaded, etc. See related entries: Airports
  3. 3(also apron stage) (specialist) (in a theatre) the part of the stage that is in front of the curtain
  4. Word OriginMiddle English naperon, from Old French, diminutive of nape, nappe ‘tablecloth’, from Latin mappa ‘napkin’. The n was lost by wrong division of a napron; compare with adder.Idioms
    (tied to) somebody’s apron strings
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    (too much under) the influence and control of somebody The British prime minister is too apt to cling to Washington's apron strings.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: apron