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



    BrE BrE//əˈpærəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpærəl//
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  1. 1(especially North American English) clothing, when it is being sold in shops/stores The store sells women's and children's apparel.
  2. 2(old-fashioned or formal) clothes, particularly those worn on a formal occasion lords and ladies in fine apparel
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb in the sense ‘make ready or fit’; as a noun ‘furnishings, equipment’): from Old French apareillier, based on Latin ad- ‘to’ (expressing change) + par ‘equal’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: apparel