from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The part of a garment, such as a coat or jacket, that is an extension of the collar and folds back against the breast.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A part of a garment which laps over another part, or which is turned over and folded back, either permanent or adjustable, as for buttoning and unbuttoning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That part of a garment which is turned back; specifically, the lap, or fold, of the front of a coat in continuation of collar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Each of the two triangular pieces of cloth on a suit which are folded back below the throat, leaving a triangular opening between.

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

  • noun lap at the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar


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

[From lap.]



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