- 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.
Origin of drapery
Examples from the Web for drapery
She asked to see it, and I wheeled out the easel and threw the drapery back.The Greater Inclination
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
She arose, and with a grand sweep of her drapery, moved toward the door.Tales From Two Hemispheres
Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
- fabric or clothing arranged and draped
- (often plural) curtains or hangings that drape
- British the occupation or shop of a draper
- fabrics and cloth collectively
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.