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



BrE BrE//ləˈpel//
; NAmE NAmE//ləˈpel//
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one of the two front parts of the top of a coat or jacket that are joined to the collar and are folded back to wear a flower in your lapel He grabbed him by the lapels of his jacket. Word Originmid 17th cent.: diminutive of the noun lap sense (1).Extra examples A silver brooch was pinned to her lapel. He grabbed her by the lapels and shook her violently. He was wearing a carnation in his lapel. a coat with wide lapels a jacket with a badge on the lapel
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lapel