APRON (a corruption arising from a wrong division of “a
napron” into “an apron,” from the Fr. naperon, napperon, a
diminutive of nappe, Lat. mappa, a napkin), an article of costume
used to protect the front of the clothes. It forms part of the
ceremonial dress of Freemasons. The “apron” worn by church
dignitaries is a shortened cassock (q.v.). The word has many
technical uses, as for the protecting slope in front of the sill of
dock-gates, or at the foot of weirs.
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