- to cover or hang with cloth or other fabric, especially in graceful folds; adorn with drapery.
- to adjust (curtains, clothes, etc.) into graceful folds, attractive lines, etc.
- to arrange, hang, or let fall carelessly: Don't drape your feet over the chair!
- Medicine/Medical, Surgery. to place cloth so as to surround (a part to be examined, treated, or operated upon).
- (in reinforced-concrete construction) to hang (reinforcement) in a certain form between two points before pouring the concrete.
- to put a black cravat on (a flagstaff) as a token of mourning.
- to hang, fall, or become arranged in folds, as drapery: This silk drapes well.
- a curtain or hanging of heavy fabric and usually considerable length, especially either of a pair for covering a window and drawn open and shut horizontally.
- either of a pair of similar curtains extending or draped at the sides of a window, French doors, or the like as decoration.
- manner or style of hanging: the drape of a skirt.
Origin of drape
Examples from the Web for drapes
Drapes closed, no music, no laughter; finally, Sonia had enough and literally shook Mom by the lapels.Sotomayor's Rising Star
January 14, 2013
If you want to suss out the cleanliness and hygiene level of any hotel, take a quick look behind furniture and drapes.Gordon Ramsay: 7 Hotel Horrors!
August 9, 2012
Venus trine Neptune drapes you in glamour, making even your negligence chic.Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 2, 2011
Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, on the other hand, juxtaposed sharp tuxedo jackets with romantic Grecian drapes.The Best of Paris Fashion Week
October 7, 2009
Magnan shifted from one foot to the other then pushed through the drapes.Gambler's World
John Keith Laumer
The room was small and dusky, with heavy Turkish drapes obscuring the dark hallway beyond.An Ounce of Cure
Alan Edward Nourse
The clown who excites the multitudes to mirth is more a benefactor than the conqueror who drapes a thousand homes in mourning.The Man Who Pleases and the Woman Who Charms
John A. Cone
This wonderful atmosphere softens even its ruggedness, and drapes it with hues of enchanting beauty.Saunterings
Charles Dudley Warner
It drapes many an unsightly stump, or clambers up into shrubs, embowering them with its pretty foliage.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits
Mary Elizabeth Parsons
- curtains, esp ones of heavy fabric
- (tr) to hang or cover with flexible material or fabric, usually in folds; adorn
- to hang or arrange or be hung or arranged, esp in folds
- (tr) to place casually and loosely; hangshe draped her arm over the back of the chair
- (often plural) a cloth or hanging that covers something in folds; drapery
- the way in which fabric hangs
Word Origin and History for drapes
"curtains," 1895, see drape (n.).
c.1400, "to ornament with cloth hangings;" mid-15c., "to weave into cloth," from Old French draper "to weave, make cloth" (13c.), from drap "cloth, piece of cloth, sheet, bandage," from Late Latin drapus, perhaps of Gaulish origin (cf. Old Irish drapih "mantle, garment"). Meaning "to cover with drapery" is from 1847. Meaning "to cause to hang or stretch out loosely or carelessly" is from 1943. Related: Draped; draping.
1660s, from drape (v.). Jive talk slang for "suit of clothes" is attested from 1945.
- To cover, dress, or hang with or as if with cloth in loose folds.
- A cloth arranged over a patient's body during an examination or treatment or during surgery, designed to provide a sterile field around the area.