apparel

[uh-par-uh l] /əˈpær əl/
noun
1.
clothing, especially outerwear; garments; attire; raiment.
2.
anything that decorates or covers.
3.
superficial appearance; aspect; guise.
4.
Nautical. the masts, sails, anchor, etc., used to equip a vessel.
5.
Ecclesiastical. a piece of embroidery, usually oblong, on certain vestments, especially on the alb or amice.
verb (used with object), appareled, appareling or (especially British) apparelled, apparelling.
6.
to dress or clothe.
7.
to adorn; ornament.
8.
Nautical. to equip (a vessel) with apparel.
Origin
1200–50; Middle English appareillen < Old French apareillier to make fit, fit out < Vulgar Latin *appariculāre, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + *paricul(us) a fit (see par, -cule1) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix
Related forms
overappareled, adjective
unappareled, adjective
well-appareled, adjective
well-apparelled, adjective
Synonyms
1. clothes, dress, garb, costume, habiliments, vesture. 6. outfit, array, deck out.
British Dictionary definitions for well appareled
apparel (əˈpærəl)
 
n
1.  something that covers or adorns, esp outer garments or clothing
2.  nautical a vessel's gear and equipment
 
vb , -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
3.  archaic (tr) to clothe, adorn, etc
 
[C13: from Old French apareillier to make ready, from Vulgar Latin appariculāre (unattested), from Latin apparāre, from parāre to prepare]

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Word Origin and History for well appareled
apparel
mid-13c., "to equip (in any way)," from O.Fr. apareillier (12c.), from V.L. *appariculare. This is either from L. apparare "prepare, make ready" (see apparatus), or from V.L. *ad-particulare "to put things together." The meaning "to attire in proper clothing" is from mid-14c.; noun sense of "personal outfit or attire" is from early 14c. Cognate with It. aparecchiare, Sp. aparejar, Port. aparelhar.
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well appareled in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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