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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
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  • The crêpe will be as a cloud thrown over the dress—a transparent, vapory, impalpable cloud.

    Parisian Points of View Ludovic Halvy
  • Then opening the other register (the Register of Deaths) he attended to the woman in the crêpe.

  • From time to time was heard the muffled roll of drums shrouded in crêpe.

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

    At the Crossroads Harriet T. Comstock
  • She shook out a soft, white, crêpe de Chine dress made over silk.

  • All it needed was a crêpe necktie on the knob of the front door.

    Somewhere in Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • We all went to the funeral service for the Emperor Frederick this morning, all of us smothered in crêpe with long crêpe veils.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • And she picked up a fold of her thin, crêpe skirt that Charlotte might see for herself.

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

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
  • She throws down her feather hat and her crêpe de what-you-call-it boa on the boa stand.

    Behind the Beyond Stephen Leacock
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a black armband originally made of this, worn as a sign of mourning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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