An apron is a protective piece of clothing made from fabric (or other materials) that covers the front of the body. Some workers wear aprons for hygienic reasons (for example restaurant workers). Other workers wear aprons to protect clothes, or to protect their bodies from injury.
There are many different types of aprons depending on what the apron is used for. Aprons can be made from many materials and fabrics. Rubber aprons are used by people who work with dangerous chemicals. Lead aprons are worn by people who work around radiation (like X-rays). Butchers (people who cut meat) wear chain aprons, to protect them from being cut by knives. Carpenters wear aprons made of heavy leather that have many pockets to hold tools. Many servants and domestic workers are required to wear an apron as a part of their work uniform.
Other meanings [change]
- The term "apron" is also used to refer to an area around some object. For example, an airport can have a concrete "apron" around it, where planes and other vehicles can move about.
- The rubber part of a hovercraft is also called an apron.
- In theater, the apron is the part of the stage separated by the main curtain and in front of the audience.