1. Clothing, especially outer garments; attire.
2. A covering or adornment: trees with their apparel of foliage.
tr.v. ap·par·eled, ap·par·el·ing, ap·par·els or ap·par·elled or ap·par·el·ling
1. To clothe or dress.
2. To adorn or embellish.
[Middle English appareil, from Old French apareil, preparation, from apareillier, to prepare, possibly from Vulgar Latin *appariculāre, from Latin apparāre; see APPARATUS.]
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