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
Ideally, no one would ever visit a doctor or need a cup of coffee to feel ready
  to grab life by the lapels.
Both are wearing dark suits with stiff lapels, and the taller of the two is
  talking into a cell phone.
There is a lot of heavy breathing and grasping of the reader's lapels in his
Their fraternity pins are burning holes in their lapels.
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