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apron (protective garment)

Definition:

a garment of cloth, leather, or plastic that is tied about the waist and worn to protect your clothing

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

aprons

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Examples:

apron string | bib

Etymology:

faulty separation (compare "adder", "umpire") of a napron (about 1300), from Old...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of apron...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Apron

an outer protective garment that covers primarily the front of the body. It may be worn for hygienic reasons as well as in order to protect clothes from wear and tear. The apron is commonly part of the uniform of several work categories, including ... (44 of 1641 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Apron

Apron (disambiguation)

an article of clothing. Apron may also refer to: Apron (architecture), a raised section of ornamental stonework below a window ledge, stone tablet or monument | Airport apron, an area where aircraft are parked and serviced | Apron (or skirt), the... (39 of 143 words, 7 definitions)

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New World Dictionary:

apron | apronlike [adjective, related]

a garment of cloth, leather, etc. worn over the front part of the body, usually to protect one's clothes | anything like an apron in appearance or ... (26 of 149 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apron

Wiktionary:

apron | aprons [plural]

An article of clothing worn over the front of the torso and/or legs for protection from spills. | A hard surface bordering a structure or area. The paved area of an airport. | The spreading end of a driveway. | The paved area below the yellow line on a... (46 of 77 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apron

Collins Dictionary:

apron | tied to someone's apron strings [sense-specific] | skirt [sense-specific] | forestage [synonym, sense-specific]

a protective or sometimes decorative or ceremonial garment worn over the front of the body and tied around the waist | the part of a stage extending ... (26 of 647 words, 13 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apron

Random House Dictionary:

apron | parking ramp [sense-specific] | skirt [synonym, sense-specific]

a garment covering part of the front of the body and tied at the waist, for protecting the wearer's clothing. | [Anglican church] a similar garment ... (25 of 370 words, 21 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/apron

Oxford Dictionary:

apron | apron stage | tied to someone's apron strings

a protective garment worn over the front of one's clothes and tied at the back | a garment similar to an apron that is worn as part of official dress, ... (29 of 252 words, 11 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apron

Merriam-Webster:

apron [often attributive] | forestage [sense-specific] | aproned [adjective, related]

a garment usually of cloth, plastic, or leather usually tied around the waist and used to protect clothing or adorn a costume | something that ... (24 of 202 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apron

American Heritage Dictionary:

apron | aproned [past tense] | aproning [present participle] | aprons [3rd-person singular present]

A garment, usually fastened in the back, worn over all or part of the front of the body to protect clothing. | Something, such as a protective shield ... (27 of 186 words, 12 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apron

Macmillan British Dictionary:

apron [countable] | aprons [plural] | apron stage

something that you wear to protect the front of your clothes, especially when you are cooking | a place at an airport where planes wait or turn round ... (27 of 67 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/apron

Cambridge Dictionary:

apron [entry 1]

a piece of clothing that you wear over the front of other clothes to keep the clothes clean while you are doing something dirty, such as cooking or ... (28 of 40 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apron 1

apron [entry 2]

the part of an airport in which aircraft are turned around or goods are put onto them (17 of 25 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apron 2

apron [entry 3] | apron stage

part of a stage in a theatre that is in front of the curtain (14 of 25 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apron 3

Encarta Dictionary:

apron | aprons [plural]

a garment worn over the front of clothes to keep them clean during working, especially cooking | the paved area immediately in front of airport ... (24 of 175 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586453​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

apron

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: faulty separation (compare "adder", "umpire") of a napron (about 1300), from Old French naperon "small table-cloth", diminutive of ... (20 of 111 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=apron

Wiktionary:

apron

Origin: Earlier napron, from Old French napperon, diminutive of nappe ("tablecloth"), from Latin nappa ("napkin"). The phrase a napron was reinterpreted as an apron, that is why the initial n is now missing.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apron

Oxford Dictionary:

apron | apron stage

Origin: Middle English naperon, from Old French, diminutive of nape, nappe "tablecloth", from Latin mappa "napkin". The n ... (17 of 28 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apron

Merriam-Webster:

apron [often attributive]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, alteration (resulting from false division of a napron) of napron, from Middle French naperon, diminutive of ... (20 of 27 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apron

Collins Dictionary:

apron

First use: 16th century

Origin: mistaken division (as if an apron) of earlier a napron, from Old French naperon a little cloth, from nape cloth, from Latin mappa napkin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apron

American Heritage Dictionary:

apron | aproned [past tense] | aproning [present participle] | aprons [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from an apron, alteration of a napron, from Old French naperon, diminutive of nape, tablecloth, from Latin mappa, napkin; see "map".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apron

New World Dictionary:

apron

Origin: by faulty separation of a napron from Middle English napron from Old French naperon from nape, a cloth from Latin mappa, napkin

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apron

Encarta Dictionary:

apron | aprons [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French naperon "small cloth" from nape "tablecloth" from Latin mappa "napkin"; by interpreting "a napron" as "an apron"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586453​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

apron

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "apron"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apron

Collins Dictionary:

apron

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "apron"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apron

Macmillan British Dictionary:

apron [countable] | aprons [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "apron"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/apron

Macmillan American Dictionary:

apron [countable] | aprons [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "apron"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/apron

Cambridge Dictionary:

apron [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "apron"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "apron"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apron 1

the Free Dictionary:

apron

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "apron"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "apron"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "apron" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

apron | aprons [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "apron"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

apron

Audio: North American pronunciation of "apron"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=apron​001 word=apron

YourDictionary Audio:

apron

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "apron" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

apron

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "apron" by speech synthesizer

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