noun, often attributive \ˈā-prən, -pərn\

: a piece of clothing that is worn on the front of the body over clothes to keep them from getting dirty

: the part of a stage that is in front of the curtain

: the paved part of an airport where airplanes load or unload or are turned around

Full Definition of APRON

:  a garment usually of cloth, plastic, or leather usually tied around the waist and used to protect clothing or adorn a costume
:  something that suggests or resembles an apron in shape, position, or use: as
a :  the lower member under the sill of the interior casing of a window
b :  an upward or downward vertical extension of a bathroom fixture (as a sink or tub)
c :  an endless belt for carrying material
d :  an extensive fan-shaped deposit of detritus
e :  the part of the stage in front of the proscenium arch
f :  the area along the waterfront edge of a pier or wharf
g :  a shield (as of concrete or gravel) to protect against erosion (as of a waterway) by water
h :  the extensive paved part of an airport immediately adjacent to the terminal area or hangars
aproned \-prənd, -pərnd\ adjective

Origin of APRON

Middle English, alteration (resulting from false division of a napron) of napron, from Middle French naperon, diminutive of nape cloth, modification of Latin mappa napkin
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms

airway, corridor, dirigible, fishtail, flat-hat, vector
APRON Defined for Kids


noun \ˈā-prən\

Definition of APRON for Kids

:  a piece of cloth worn on the front of the body to keep clothing from getting dirty
:  a paved area for parking or handling airplanes
Medical Dictionary


noun , often attrib \ˈā-prən, -pərn\

Medical Definition of APRON

:  a garment usually of cloth or plastic usually tied around the waist and used especially to protect clothing
:  an anatomical structure that resembles an apron; especially :  hottentot apron
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