I. noun — [ mass noun] 1.
• they were dressed in bright apparel.
2. ( apparels) —
(US) embroidered ornamentation on ecclesiastical vestments.
II. verb — [with obj.] 1.
‹archaic› clothe (someone)
• all the vestments in which they used to apparel their Deities.
– origin Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘make ready or fit’; as a noun ‘furnishings, equipment’): from Old French apareillier, based on Latin ad- ‘to’ (expressing change) + par ‘equal’.