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[luh-pel] /ləˈpɛl/
either of the two parts of a garment folded back on the chest, especially a continuation of a coat collar.
Origin of lapel
1780-90; irregular diminutive of lap1; see -le
Related forms
lapelled, adjective
lapelless, adjective Unabridged
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  • Or if the money isn't enough, maybe professors could wear little lapel pins with their salaries on them.
  • Each wears a pin of the conglomerate's logo on his lapel.
  • Better yet, use a lavalier mike clipped to your lapel, rather than mounted on the camera.
  • He usually sported a boutonniere in the lapel of his well-tailored suits.
  • It comes with a wireless microphone that clips to your lapel.
  • If selected, you are awarded a certificate and a lapel pin.
  • The unit was designed to be similar to the existing personal dust monitor in that a lapel cyclone inlet was maintained.
  • In a little minuet of overlaps, the left lapel of his waistcoat overlaps the lapel of his suit coat.
  • Signs, stickers, and even lapel buttons are not permitted within this restricted zone.
  • Spouses will be recognized with a commemorative lapel.
British Dictionary definitions for lapel


the continuation of the turned or folded back collar on a suit coat, jacket, etc
Derived Forms
lapelled, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from lap1
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Word Origin and History for lapel

1751 (implied in lapelled), from lap (n.) + -el, diminutive suffix. Cf. lappet.

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