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[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).
Origin of crêpe
From French; See origin at crepe
Can be confused
crap, crape, crepe, crêpe, crept. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for crêpe
Historical Examples
  • No rasping essences, none of the exterior of blackness and crêpe.

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    John Dos Passos
  • Then opening the other register (the Register of Deaths) he attended to the woman in the crêpe.

  • crêpe yarn is used in making crêpe, chiffon, and for other purposes.


    William H. Dooley
  • Peneluna drew the end of her crêpe veil up and wiped her eyes.

    At the Crossroads Harriet T. Comstock
  • Princess May still in black, but with no crêpe and a little jet.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • The hat may have a crêpe border but it should not be a very wide one.

    Book of Etiquette Lillian Eichler
  • All it needed was a crêpe necktie on the knob of the front door.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • Her pride was never lowered and her crêpe was never laid aside.

    The Voice of the People Ellen Glasgow
  • From time to time was heard the muffled roll of drums shrouded in crêpe.

  • Each wears upon his lapel the gilt badge of a fraternal order, with a crêpe rosette.

    A Book of Burlesques

    H. L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for crêpe


  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a black armband originally made of this, worn as a sign of mourning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 crêpe



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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