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or crape

[kreyp] /kreɪp/
a lightweight fabric of silk, cotton, or other fiber, with a finely crinkled or ridged surface.
a usually black band or piece of this material, worn as a token of mourning.
a thin, light, delicate pancake.
verb (used with object), creped, creping.
to cover, clothe, or drape with crepe.
Origin of crepe
1790-1800; < French < Latin crispus curled, wrinkled
Can be confused
crap, crape, crepe, crêpe, crept.


[kreyp; for 2 also krep or, French, krep] /kreɪp; for 2 also krɛp or, French, krɛp/
noun, plural crêpes
[kreyps; for 2 alsokreps or, French, krep] /kreɪps; for 2 alsokrɛps or, French, krɛp/ (Show IPA)
crepe (defs 1, 2).
crepe (def 3).
From French; See origin at crepe
Can be confused
crap, crape, crepe, crêpe, crept. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for crepe
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  • Except for church, crepe veils and clothes heavily trimmed with crepe are not appropriate in the country—ever!

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • "I looked for the crepe on the door as we drove up," I told him.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • But if you are not a little careful in handling it you'll be a fit subject for a bunch of violets—tied with crepe.

    The Golf Course Mystery Chester K. Steele
  • In fact, she had the lilies of the field lookin' like crepe paper imitations.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • This is done under the impression that the market price is influenced by the evenness of the edges of crepe rubbers.

  • But even at that they considered it poor taste when he hung a piece of crepe on the door.

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • The cake booths were attractively decorated with crepe paper and flags.

    Bright Ideas for Entertaining Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott
  • As mentioned before, the crepe for vacuum drying should be thin.

  • They all used to be before she married, and I suppose they will be again as soon as the crepe gets entirely worn off her clothes.

    The Tinder-Box Maria Thompson Daviess
British Dictionary definitions for crepe


  1. a light cotton, silk, or other fabric with a fine ridged or crinkled surface
  2. (as modifier): a crepe dress
a black armband originally made of this, worn as a sign of mourning
a very thin pancake, often rolled or folded around a filling
(transitive) to cover or drape with crepe
Word Origin
C19: from French crêpe, from Latin crispus curled, uneven, wrinkled
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for crepe

1797, from French crêpe, from Old French crespe (14c.), from Latin crispa, fem. of crispus "curled, wrinkled" (see crisp (adj.)). Meaning "small, thin pancake" is from 1877. Crepe paper is first attested 1895.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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