Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dealer in cloth or clothing and dry goods.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who makes or sells cloths; a dealer in cloths: as, a linen- draper or woolen- draper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who sells cloths; a dealer in cloths.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who sells cloths; a dealer in cloths; as, a draper and tailor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials (and sometimes in clothing and drygoods)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, weaver or seller of cloth, from Old French drapier, from drap, cloth; see drape.]

Examples

  • He left the Court and returned to his cure, and as soon as he came there, he called the draper and the tailor, and he had a gown made which trailed three quarters of an ell on the ground; for he told the tailor how he had been reproved for wearing a short gown, and ordered to wear a long one.

    Cent nouvelles nouvelles

  • Mr Buck, a stiff, old-fashioned linen-draper, is waiting for notice in the adjoining pew; what I chiefly remember about him is, that in his best parlour there hung a large frame, containing what I never saw anywhere else, varieties in "darning," all sorts of fabrics being admirably imitated,

    Autobiography and Other Memorials of Mrs. Gilbert, Formerly Ann Taylor

  • He was in Galveston ordering supplies for the ranch, when in passing a shop which he would have called a draper's, but which was there designated as dealing in dry goods, he was amazed to see the name "Danby and Strong" in big letters at the bottom of a huge pile of small cardboard boxes that filled the whole window.

    Revenge!

  • An alternative - in an old English-Latin dictionary - was "wool-draper", probably using "draper" in the sense of "fabric seller".

    Lanarius - person who does stuff with wool

  • An alternative - in an old English-Latin dictionary - was "wool-draper", probably using "draper" in the sense of "fabric seller".

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  • I don't doubt they are from what you tell me -- you could look about meanwhile for a temporary appointment, say as '-- he checked himself from uttering the word' shop girl, 'and substituted for it,' draper's assistant. '

    Philistia

  • Project Runway's most-esteemed "draper," Rami Kashou, was a guest speaker at the Phillips Collection last Thursday for their monthly "Phillips After 5″ event.

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  • With this all-star season featuring returning favorites like season one's Austin Scarlett, and season four's draper extraordinaire Rami Kashou, it makes you yearn for a simpler time when reality TV didn't have to try quite so hard to be entertaining.

    Lelia Nebeker: The Catch-22 of All-Star Seasons

  • There's Mog Edwards, the draper in love with Miss Myfanwy Price; Polly Garter, the town prostitute in love with babies; and the formidable Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard, twice widowed, who keeps a boarding house but will not have any guests in it lest they breathe on the furniture.

    A Gloriously Musical Play for Voices

  • Government service: After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Islamic Studies, draper joined the State Department and completed a year-long tour in Saudi Arabia as a consular officer.

    hannah draper: Encouraging women's advancement in Turkey

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