1. External clothing; vesture; garments; dress; garb; external habiliments or array.
Fresh in his new apparel, proud and young. --Denham.
At public devotion his resigned carriage made religion appear in the natural apparel of simplicity. --Tatler.
2. A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments.
3. Naut. The furniture of a ship, as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc.
Syn: -- Dress; clothing; vesture; garments; raiment; garb; costume; attire; habiliments.
Ap·par·el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Appareled, or Apparelled p. pr. & vb. n. Appareling, or Apparelling.]
1. To make or get (something) ready; to prepare. [Obs.]
2. To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
Ships . . . appareled to fight. --Hayward.
3. To dress or clothe; to attire.
They which are gorgeously appareled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. --Luke vii. 25.
4. To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled with flowers, or a garden with verdure.
Appareled in celestial light. --Wordsworth.
n : clothing in general; "she was refined in her choice of
apparel"; "he always bought his clothes at the same
store"; "fastidious about his dress" [syn: wearing
apparel, dress, clothes]
v : provide with clothes or put clothes on; "Parents must feed
and dress their child" [syn: dress, clothe, enclothe,
garb, raiment, tog, garment, habilitate, fit
out] [ant: undress]
In Old Testament times the distinction between male and female
attire was not very marked. The statute forbidding men to wear
female apparel (Deut. 22:5) referred especially to ornaments and
head-dresses. Both men and women wore (1) an under garment or
tunic, which was bound by a girdle. One who had only this tunic
on was spoken of as "naked" (1 Sam. 19:24; Job 24:10; Isa.
20:2). Those in high stations sometimes wore two tunics, the
outer being called the "upper garment" (1 Sam. 15:27; 18:4;
24:5; Job 1:20). (2.) They wore in common an over-garment
("mantle," Isa. 3:22; 1 Kings 19:13; 2 Kings 2:13), a loose and
flowing robe. The folds of this upper garment could be formed
into a lap (Ruth 3:15; Ps. 79:12; Prov. 17:23; Luke 6:38).
Generals of armies usually wore scarlet robes (Judg. 8:26; Nah.
2:3). A form of conspicuous raiment is mentioned in Luke 20:46;
comp. Matt. 23:5.
Priests alone wore trousers. Both men and women wore turbans.
Kings and nobles usually had a store of costly garments for
festive occasions (Isa. 3:22; Zech. 3:4) and for presents (Gen.
45:22; Esther 4:4; 6:8, 11; 1 Sam. 18:4; 2 Kings 5:5; 10:22).
Prophets and ascetics wore coarse garments (Isa. 20:2; Zech.
13:4; Matt. 3:4).