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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 drapery
Historical Examples
  • She asked to see it, and I wheeled out the easel and threw the drapery back.

    The Greater Inclination Edith Wharton
  • Drawings of a male body, a female body, and a piece of drapery.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • Steps were heard in the gallery—the drapery at the door was agitated.

  • The artist was working on a picture of a nude Bacchante sprawled on some drapery.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • She arose, and with a grand sweep of her drapery, moved toward the door.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • Amy saw him coming, and drawing the drapery on one side, smiled at him.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • Her style was "sylph," and so she was gauzy and floating in all her drapery.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • Mr. Knight wished Tom to go into the drapery, but Tom would not.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • It was beyond the verge of the horizons of the drapery trade.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • They showed the beauties of the female form not apart from, but by the help of, drapery.

British Dictionary definitions for drapery


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 drapery

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.

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