Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Clothing, especially outer garments; attire.
  • n. A covering or adornment: trees with their apparel of foliage.
  • transitive v. To clothe or dress.
  • transitive v. To adorn or embellish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. clothing
  • v. To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
  • v. To dress or clothe; to attire.
  • v. To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled with flowers, or a garden with verdure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. External clothing; vesture; garments; dress; garb; external habiliments or array.
  • n. A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments.
  • n. The furniture of a ship, as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc.
  • transitive v. To make or get (something) ready; to prepare.
  • transitive v. To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
  • transitive v. To dress or clothe; to attire.
  • transitive v. To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make ready; prepare; fit out; put in proper order.
  • To dress or clothe; adorn or set off; deck with ornaments.
  • To furnish with external apparatus; equip: as, ships appareled for sea.
  • n. Preparation; the work of preparing or providing.
  • n. Things prepared or provided; articles or materials to be used for a given purpose; apparatus; equipment.
  • n. A person's outer clothing or vesture; raiment; external array; hence, figuratively, aspect; guise.
  • n. Eccles., an ornament of the alb and amice, found as a simple fringe or colored stripe earlier than the tenth century, most extensively employed and elaborate in workmanship during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and still used in the form of pieces of lace sewed upon silk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. provide with clothes or put clothes on
  • n. clothing in general

Etymologies

Middle English appareil, from Old French apareil, preparation, from apareillier, to prepare, possibly from Vulgar Latin *appariculāre, from Latin apparāre; see apparatus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French appareiller. (Wiktionary)

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