apron

Definitions

General English

Aviation

  • noun an area of tarmac, concrete, etc., outside a hangar for parking aircraft

Cars & Driving

  • noun a panel extending downwards, typically forming a skirt along the side of the car or an air dam at the front

Construction

  • A piece of finished trim placed under a window stool.
  • A slab of concrete extending beyond the entrance to a building, particularly at an entrance for vehicular traffic.
  • The piece of flat wood under the base of a cabinet.
  • weather protection paneling on the exterior of a building.
  • A splashboard at the back of a sink.
  • Bowl-front closing device for a scraper bowl.
  • At an airport, the pavement adjacent to hangars and appurtenant buildings.

Publishing

  • noun in paper making, a strip of rubber at the end of a flow box to close the gap beneath the wire mesh
  • noun an extra wide margin on a page which has a fold-out

Real Estate

  • noun the projecting edge of a platform such as a theatre stage, dock or porch

Travel

  • noun a piece of cloth worn over clothes to protect them when working
  • noun a piece of tarmac on which planes can be parked for unloading, waiting, cleaning, etc.

Origin & History of “apron”

As in the case of adder, umpire, and many others, apron arose from a mistaken analysis of the combination ‘indefinite article + noun’. The original middle English word was napron, but as early as the 15th century a napron had turned into an apron. Napron itself had been borrowed from Old French naperon, a derivative of nape ‘cloth’ (source of English napery and napkin); and nape came from Latin mappa ‘napkin, towel’ (source of English map).
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