Meaning of lapel in English:


Pronunciation /ləˈpɛl/

Translate lapel into Spanish


  • The part on each side of a coat or jacket immediately below the collar which is folded back on either side of the front opening.

    ‘For men, the geometry of jacket lapels, shoulder pads and waist tapering emphasize the strong upper body of a male.’
    • ‘The finely tailored jacket featured wide lapels and side belt with turn-ups prominent on the classic cut pants.’
    • ‘He tugged at the front lapel of his suit jacket and pulled it to his nose.’
    • ‘Jean grabs him by the lapel of his tuxedo jacket and narrows her green eyes at him.’
    • ‘Jackets also sport a higher button stance, narrower notched lapels and flap pockets.’
    • ‘Badges were dispersed throughout the range and added on the lapels of jackets and fitted tops.’
    • ‘The twist that makes this look right now is that the lapels, fronts and hems of the tweeds are encrusted with gold and silver or outlined in colourful stones.’
    • ‘For fun, top it with panels that button back like the lapels of a sport coat.’
    • ‘Like a tailor, he keeps big needles pinned behind the lapel of his coat, a plaid jacket too large for him.’
    • ‘I always see him in a comfortable chair wearing one of those smoking jackets with quilted lapels.’
    • ‘You should also look out for pockets, the lapel's style, and whether or not the overcoat has a vent in the back.’
    • ‘Touches such as real cuff buttonholes or hand-finished lapels now come into play.’
    • ‘The lapels of his suit coat disappear and blend into the body of the jacket.’
    • ‘This lapel features a triangular indention where the lapel joins the collar.’
    • ‘Making alterations to other areas, such as the shoulders, back or lapels will change the intended design of the suit.’
    • ‘They also wore button-down shirts and were sometimes with carnations in the lapels of their jackets.’
    • ‘The lapels of the coat extend beyond the skirt, and halt at my mid-shin.’
    • ‘Try on the garment and settle the collar and lapels into place so they are smooth and wrinkle-free.’
    • ‘If the back and front of the lapel move independently of each other, they are stitched.’
    • ‘I have on a pair of very tight drainpipe trousers, shirt and skinny tie, and a jacket whose thin lapels are partly hidden by a row of tiny badges featuring the names of punk bands.’


Mid 17th century diminutive of lap.