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[drey-puh-ree] /ˈdreɪ pə ri/
noun, plural draperies.
coverings, hangings, clothing, etc., of fabric, especially as arranged in loose, graceful folds.
Often, draperies. long curtains, usually of heavy fabric and often designed to open and close across a window.
the draping or arranging of hangings, clothing, etc., in graceful folds.
Art. hangings, clothing, etc., as represented in sculpture or painting.
cloths or textile fabrics collectively.
  1. dry goods.
  2. the stock, shop, or business of a draper.
Origin of drapery
1250-1300; Middle English draperie < Old French, equivalent to drap cloth + -erie -ery
Related forms
draperied, adjective
undraperied, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for draperies
Historical Examples
  • There, half concealed by the draperies, he communed and reasoned with himself.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The position of the bed, the idea of the draperies all are parallel.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • She parted the draperies and looked curiously into the room beyond.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • He walked over to a curtained doorway, and drew aside the draperies.

    A Woman for Mayor Helen M. Winslow
  • She crossed the room in a graceful swirl of draperies, and laid a finger on the bell.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • Once I gets him behind the draperies I shoots it at him straight.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Softness, fragrance, draperies beneath which beat life and warmth.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram
  • The light of the lamp, though shaded by the draperies, was thus opposite to him.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • She smiled at Francis as she spoke and rearranged her draperies coquettishly.

    In Doublet and Hose Lucy Foster Madison
  • The curtains, carpets and draperies matched the tints of the ceiling and walls.

    A California Girl Edward Eldridge
British Dictionary definitions for draperies


noun (pl) -peries
fabric or clothing arranged and draped
(often pl) curtains or hangings that drape
(Brit) the occupation or shop of a draper
fabrics and cloth collectively
Derived Forms
draperied, adjective
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Word Origin and History for draperies



early 14c., "cloth, textiles," from Old French draperie (12c.) "weaving, cloth-making, clothes shop," from drap (see drape (n.)). From late 14c. as "place where cloth is made; cloth market." Meaning "stuff with which something is draped" is 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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