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clothing, especially outerwear; garments; attire; raiment.
anything that decorates or covers.
superficial appearance; aspect; guise.
Nautical. the masts, sails, anchor, etc., used to equip a vessel.
Ecclesiastical. a piece of embroidery, usually oblong, on certain vestments, especially on the alb or amice.
to dress or clothe.
to adorn; ornament.
Nautical. to equip (a vessel) with apparel.
Historical Examples

For they are also apparelled all alike, and to aid them is servitude for a free man.’
The World’s Greatest Books–Volume 14–Philosophy and Economics Various

She was sitting alone, apparelled in royal silk, and weeping.
The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland

Cleopatra was apparelled in a robe of pale green, open at either side, and clasped with golden bees.
One of Cleopatra’s Nights and Other Fantastic Romances Théophile Gautier

She was tall and slender, apparelled all in white, with a girdle of gold.
Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories Arthur Christopher Benson

I would willingly wash the tripes of the calf which I apparelled this morning.
Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete. Francois Rabelais

For me, on this occasion, Leeds was ‘apparelled in celestial light.’
Ellen Terry and Her Sisters T. Edgar Pemberton

The avid buyer seized and apparelled herself in them with a deft facility.
The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson

They were all apparelled in the richest costume of their country.
Sketches of Aboriginal Life V. V. Vide

She was apparelled like any barbaric Ethiopian emperor, his neck heavy with pendants of polished ivory.
Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville

On the following morning he apparelled himself with all his rings.
Ayala’s Angel Anthony Trollope

something that covers or adorns, esp outer garments or clothing
(nautical) a vessel’s gear and equipment
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
(archaic) (transitive) to clothe, adorn, etc

mid-13c., “to equip (in any way),” from Old French apareillier (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *appariculare. This is either from Latin apparare “prepare, make ready” (see apparatus), or from Vulgar Latin *ad-particulare “to put things together.” The meaning “to attire in proper clothing” is from mid-14c. Cognate with Italian aparecchiare, Spanish aparejar, Portuguese aparelhar. Related: Appareled; apparelled; appareling; apparelling.

“personal outfit or attire,” early 14c., also “ship’s rigging,” from Old French apareil “preparation,” from apareillier (see apparel (v.)). Earlier in same sense was apparelment (early 14c.).

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).


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