apron


apron
a|pron [ˈeıprən] n
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: a napron, mistaken for an apron; napron (14-16 centuries) from Old French naperon, from nape 'cloth']
1.) a piece of clothing that covers the front part of your clothes and is tied around your waist, worn to keep your clothes clean, especially while cooking
2.) apron strings informal
the relationship between a child and its mother, especially if the mother controls an adult son or daughter too much
You're 25 years old, and you still haven't cut the apron strings .
Jeff is still tied to his mother's apron strings .
3.) technical the hard surface in an airport on which planes are turned around, loaded, unloaded etc
4.) technical also apron stage
the part of the stage in a theatre that is in front of the curtain

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  • apron — ● apron nom masculin (du latin asper, âpre) Petit poisson des bassins du Rhône, du Rhin et du Danube, voisin de la perche. ⇒APRON, subst. masc. ICHTYOL. (région.). Poisson comestible voisin de la perche. Apron cingle (Lar. 19e); apron commun (H.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Apron — du Rhône Apron du Rhône …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Apron — (Wool) Folds of wool hanging in front of a sheep. APRON The barm cloth of the Anglo Saxons derived from barm, the lap or bosom. The leather apron worn by smiths, etc., in the time of Edward II. About 1609, waiters, because they wore an apron,… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • apron — ► NOUN 1) a protective garment covering the front of one s clothes and tied at the back. 2) an area on an airfield used for manoeuvring or parking aircraft. 3) (also apron stage) a strip of stage projecting in front of the curtain. 4) an endless… …   English terms dictionary

  • apron — [ā′prən] n. [by faulty separation of a napron < ME napron < OFr naperon < nape, a cloth < L mappa, napkin] 1. a garment of cloth, leather, etc. worn over the front part of the body, usually to protect one s clothes 2. anything like an …   English World dictionary

  • Apron — A pron ([=a] p[u^]rn or [=a] pr[u^]n; 277), n. [OE. napron, OF. naperon, F. napperon, dim. of OF. nape, F. nappe, cloth, tablecloth, LL. napa, fr. L. mappa, napkin, table napkin. See {Map}.] 1. An article of dress, of cloth, leather, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apron — ā prən, pərn n, often attrib 1) a garment usu. of cloth or plastic usu. tied around the waist and used esp. to protect clothing 2) an anatomical structure that resembles an apron esp HOTTENTOT APRON …   Medical dictionary

  • apron — (n.) mid 15c., faulty separation (Cf. ADDER (Cf. adder), UMPIRE (Cf. umpire)) of a napron (c.1300), from O.Fr. naperon small table cloth, dim. of nappe cloth, from L. mappa napkin. Napron was still in use as recently as late 16c. The shift of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Apron — bezeichnet: ein Tourneetheater aus Halle, siehe Theater Apron einen Teil des Flugplatzes, siehe Vorfeld (Flughafen) in der Schweiz die Fischart Rhone Streber Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung m …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Apron — This article is about the garment. For other uses, see Apron (disambiguation). A full length apron An apron is an outer protective garment that covers primarily the front of the body. It may be worn for hygienic reasons as well as in order to… …   Wikipedia


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