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



BrE BrE//ˈdaɪəpə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaɪpər//
(North American English) (British English nappy) Babies
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a piece of soft cloth or other thick material that is folded around a baby’s bottom and between its legs to absorb and hold its body waste a diaper rash Isn’t he old to be still in diapers? It was time for a diaper change. See related entries: Babies Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French diapre, from medieval Latin diasprum, from medieval Greek diaspros (adjective), from dia ‘across’ + aspros ‘white’. The term seems originally to have denoted a costly fabric, but after the 15th cent. it was used as as a noun to denote cotton or linen woven with a pattern of small diamonds; babies' nappies were originally made from pieces of this fabric, hence the current sense (late 16th cent.).
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