EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR APRON
Tillie, at Mrs. McKee's, stood in the doorway and fanned herself with her apron.
Dilly got briskly up and gathered a drawer-full of papers into her apron.
"David's harnessin' now," said Mary, beginning to untie her apron.
Mrs. Pendleton hurried forward, wiping her hands on her apron as she went.
Mistress Affery, with a suppressed cry, threw her apron over her head.
It was the Bishop of Helstonleigh, in his laced-up hat and apron, who walked forth.
Then with an air of authority she said: "Pat, off with your apron!"
And that he done it with an apron on to kape from gettin' burnt and spattered?
And the Gineral ain't above puttin' an apron on him and makin' gravy.
She tossed her apron off, and as she went through the house her expression was thoughtful.
mid-15c., faulty separation (cf. adder, umpire) of a napron (c.1300), from Old French naperon "small table-cloth," diminutive of nappe "cloth," from Latin mappa "napkin." Napron was still in use as recently as late 16c. The shift of Latin -m- to -n- was a tendency in Old French (e.g. conter from computare, printemps from primum, natte "mat, matting," from matta). Symbolic of "wife's business" from 1610s. Apron-string tenure was in reference to property held in virtue of one's wife, or during her lifetime only.