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lapel definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: lap at the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: diminutive of 1lap Date: 1789 the part of a garment that is turned back; specifically the fold of the front of a coat that is usually a continuation of the collar lapelled or lapeled adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. the part of a coat, jacket, etc., folded back against the front round the neck opening. Derivatives: lapelled adj. Etymology: LAP(1) + -EL

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Lapel La*pel", n. [Dim. of lap a fold.] That part of a garment which is turned back; specifically, the lap, or fold, of the front of a coat in continuation of collar. [Written also lappel and lapelle.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(lapels) The lapels of a jacket or coat are the two top parts at the front that are folded back on each side and join on to the collar. N-COUNT



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