Definitions

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

  • n. Cloth or clothing gracefully arranged in loose folds.
  • n. A piece or pieces of heavy fabric hanging straight in loose folds, used as a curtain.
  • n. Cloth; fabric.
  • n. Chiefly British The business of a draper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cloth draped gracefully in folds.
  • n. A piece of cloth, hung vertically as a curtain; a drape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The occupation of a draper; cloth-making, or dealing in cloth.
  • n. Cloth, or woolen stuffs in general.
  • n. A textile fabric used for decorative purposes, especially when hung loosely and in folds carefully disturbed; as: (a) Garments or vestments of this character worn upon the body, or shown in the representations of the human figure in art. (b) Hangings of a room or hall, or about a bed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The occupation of a draper; the trade of making or of selling cloth.
  • n. Cloth, or textile fabrics of any description.
  • n. Such cloth or textile fabrics when used for garments or for upholstery; specifically, in sculp. and painting, the representation of the clothing or dress of human figures; also, tapestry, hangings, curtains, etc.
  • To drape; cover with draperies.

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

  • n. hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
  • n. cloth gracefully draped and arranged in loose folds

Etymologies

From Old French draperie, from drapĀ ("drape, sheet, large cloth"), ultmately of Germanic origin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Folded drapery is placed across the bust and over her shoulder.

    Draped Bust Dollar, Heraldic Eagle, 1798-1804 : Coin Guide

  • First to appear onstage, in front of the eponymous crimson drapery, is Nate Newton as Hieronymus the Host, a largely mute M.C. who's dressed like an organ-grinder's monkey, with red sequined suspenders and a too-small red sequined top hat.

    Theater review: 'Blood Sweat & Fears III: The Red Velvet Curtain'

  • In this mortal frame of mine which is made of a hundred bones and nine orfices there is something, and this something is called a wind-swept spirit for lack of a better name, for it is much like a thin drapery that is torn and swept away at the slightest stir of the wind.

    And What of the Haiku? : Kwame Dawes : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • The hardware for such drapery is difficult to manage, especially those terrible drapery hooks.

    Creating A Feeling of Home

  • The drapery is Greek, with one trifling variation, -- the fastening of the dress is shown upon the right shoulder.

    The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1886, Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 6, June, 1886

  • They sometimes lay carelessly about the house, and whenever she saw the tall chimney of his sash-and-blind factory looming above the blank date-line she always looked for a female in Greek drapery seated on a cogged wheel at the base of it.

    Under the Skylights

  • Their clothing, or rather drapery, is a mystery, for it covers and drapes perfectly, yet has no make, far less fit, and leaves every graceful movement unimpeded.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • Yes, for she looked; the frame was only some native reeds or canes and a bit of board; the rest was white muslin drapery, which would pack away in a very few square inches of room, but now hung in pretty folds around the glass and covered the frame.

    The Old Helmet

  • And here was a chance to practice contours half hidden under fabric, folds and creases and what they used to call drapery in the days when nude models were rare and for men only.

    Blue Nude

  • The organ is playing a rich, solemn music; some two hundred of people are listening to the service; and there is scarce one of the women kneeling on her chair, enveloped in her full majestic black drapery, that is not a fine study for a painter.

    Little Travels and Roadside Sketches

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