The Alternative English Dictionary: apron

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Entry definition

apron etymology Earlier napron, from Old French napperon, diminutive of nappe, from Latin nappa. The phrase a napron was reinterpreted as an apron, that is why the initial n is now missing. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈeɪ.pɹən/
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  1. An article of clothing worn over the front of the torso and/or legs for protection from spill.
  2. A hard surface bordering a structure or area.
    1. The paved area of an airport, especially the area where aircraft park away from a terminal
    2. The spreading end of a driveway.
    3. The paved area below the yellow line on a race track.
    4. The loading, parking or roadway area immediately beside a railway station
    5. The portion of a stage extending towards the audience beyond the proscenium arch in a theatre.
  3. The sides of a tree’s canopy.
  4. The cap of a cannon; a piece of lead laid over the vent to keep the priming dry.

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