1. An article of dress, of cloth, leather, or other stuff, worn on the fore part of the body, to keep the clothes clean, to defend them from injury, or as a covering. It is commonly tied at the waist by strings.
2. Something which by its shape or use suggests an apron; as, The fat skin covering the belly of a goose or duck. A piece of leather, or other material, to be spread before a person riding on an outside seat of a vehicle, to defend him from the rain, snow, or dust; a boot. The weather being too hot for the apron. .
The infolded abdomen of a crab.
Origin: oe. Napron, OF. Naperon, f. Napperon, dim. Of OF. Nape, f. Nappe, cloth, tablecloth, LL. Napa, fr. L. Mappa, napkin, table napkin. See map.