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draper

[drey-per] /ˈdreɪ pər/
noun, British.
1.
a dealer in cloth; a retail merchant or clerk who sells piece goods.
2.
a retail merchant or clerk who sells clothing and dry goods.
Origin of draper
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French drapier, equivalent to drap cloth + -ier -ier2; see -er2

Draper

[drey-per] /ˈdreɪ pər/
noun
1.
Henry, 1837–82, U.S. astronomer.
2.
his father, John William, 1811–82, U.S. chemist, physiologist, historian, and writer; born in England.
3.
Ruth, 1884–1956, U.S. diseuse and writer of character sketches.
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  • However, after dinner, she again referred to the draper's shop.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Then a man ran out of the draper's with a roll of oilcloth, and off they went again.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • "Stay here until I come back," I ordered and hurried to the draper's.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That draper's shop was not the place for a scene, with a half-dozen clerks to enjoy it.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • For a period he carried on business as a draper in Cowcaddens, Glasgow.

British Dictionary definitions for draper

draper

/ˈdreɪpə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials

Draper

/ˈdreɪpə/
noun
1.
Henry. 1837–82, US astronomer, who contributed to stellar classification and spectroscopy
2.
his father, John William. 1811–82, US chemist and historian, born in England, made the first photograph of the moon
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Word Origin and History for draper
n.

mid-14c. (mid-12c. as a surname), "one who weaves and/or sells cloth," from Anglo-French draper, Old French drapier (13c.) "draper, clothes-seller, clothes-maker," agent noun from drap (see drape (v.)).

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draper in Science
Draper
  (drā'pər)   
American astronomer who developed methods for photographing celestial objects and phenomena. He became the first to photograph a stellar spectrum (1872) and a nebula (1880).
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