Apparel vs Duds - What's the difference?

apparel | duds | Synonyms |

Apparel is a synonym of duds.

As nouns the difference between apparel and duds

is that apparel is clothing while duds is (new england|british|dated) clothing, especially for work or of rough appearance.

As a verb apparel

is to furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.




  • clothing
  • * Denham
  • fresh in his new apparel , proud and young
  • * Tatler
  • At public devotion his resigned carriage made religion appear in the natural apparel of simplicity.
  • A small ornamental piece of embroidery worn on albs and some other ecclesiastical vestments.
  • (nautical) The furniture of a ship, such as masts, sails, rigging, anchors, guns, etc.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


  • To furnish with apparatus; to equip; to fit out.
  • Ships . . . appareled to fight. --Hayward.
  • To dress or clothe; to attire.
  • They which are gorgeously appareled , and live delicately, are in kings' courts. --Luke vii. 25.
  • To dress with external ornaments; to cover with something ornamental; to deck; to embellish; as, trees appareled with flowers, or a garden with verdure.
  • duds



    (en-plural noun)
  • (New England, British, dated) Clothing, especially for work or of rough appearance.
  • * 1890 , (William Morris), (News from Nowhere)'', in the journal '' . (First published in book form 1890.)
  • I looked at what I could see of my rough blue duds , which I had plenty of opportunity of contrasting with the gay attire of the citizens we had come across;
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=“I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. […]”}}
  • English plurals
  • Synonyms

    * (clothing) ** (standard) clothes, clothing, outfit ** (slang) garb, kit, togs