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noun, verb (used with object), craped, crap·ing.
  1. crepe.
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Origin of crape

Anglicized spelling
Related formscrape·like, adjective
Can be confusedcrap crape crepe crept


or crape

  1. a lightweight fabric of silk, cotton, or other fiber, with a finely crinkled or ridged surface.
  2. a usually black band or piece of this material, worn as a token of mourning.
  3. a thin, light, delicate pancake.
  4. crepe paper.
  5. crepe rubber.
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verb (used with object), creped, crep·ing.
  1. to cover, clothe, or drape with crepe.
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Origin of crepe

1790–1800; < French < Latin crispus curled, wrinkled
Can be confusedcrap crape crepe crêpe crept
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Examples from the Web for crape

Historical Examples of crape

  • Crape is the quality of goods most closely allied with mourning.

    The Etiquette of To-day

    Edith B. Ordway

  • Crape was tied on the door-knocker and the salon was closed.

  • That Crape on the Whip assumed the force of a call to the Church, urging to self-denial and to active effort.

    The Man with the Book

    John Matthias Weylland

  • Crape was seen wherever the eye turned—surrounding the galleries, fronting the platform, encircling the choir.

    The Story of My Life

    Egerton Ryerson

British Dictionary definitions for crape


  1. a variant spelling of crepe
  2. crepe, esp when used for mourning clothes
  3. a band of black crepe worn in mourning
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Derived Formscrapy, adjective



    1. a light cotton, silk, or other fabric with a fine ridged or crinkled surface
    2. (as modifier)a crepe dress
  1. a black armband originally made of this, worn as a sign of mourning
  2. a very thin pancake, often rolled or folded around a filling
  3. short for crepe paper, crepe rubber
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  1. (tr) to cover or drape with crepe
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Word Origin for crepe

C19: from French crêpe, from Latin crispus curled, uneven, wrinkled
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Word Origin and History for crape


1630s, Englished spelling of crepe (q.v.).

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1797, from French crêpe, from Old French crespe (14c.), from Latin crispa, fem. of crispus "curled, wrinkled" (see crisp (adj.)). Meaning "small, thin pancake" is from 1877. Crepe paper is first attested 1895.

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