either of the two parts of a garment folded back on the chest, especially a continuation of a coat collar.

1780–90; irregular diminutive of lap1; see -le

lapelled, adjective
lapelless, adjective Unabridged
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lapel (ləˈpɛl)
the continuation of the turned or folded back collar on a suit coat, jacket, etc
[C18: from lap1]

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Word Origin & History

1751 (implied in lapelled), from lap (n.) + -el, dim. suffix.
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Example sentences
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.
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