The masonic apron is a long, open-fronted leather garment worn over the clothing. It can be seen in Masonic rituals, when the Worshipful Master or other Masonic officials or representatives enter the lodge to represent Masonry as an institution. Apron is also used by members of some fraternal organizations, such as Odd Fellows and Knights of Columbus.
Aprons are common symbols that represent responsibility such as cook's aprons and hats worn while working in factories during the Industrial Revolution. They are also common symbols in Western culture associated with cookery; an elderly man wearing one while watching his grandchildren at play may symbolize contentment and wisdom. The word "apron" has roots in Latin and means "cloak".