crepe

or crape

[ kreyp ]
/ kreɪp /
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noun

a lightweight fabric of silk, cotton, or other fiber, with a finely crinkled or ridged surface.
a usually black band or piece of this material, worn as a token of mourning.
a thin, light, delicate pancake.

verb (used with object), creped, crep·ing.

to cover, clothe, or drape with crepe.

Nearby words

  1. creon,
  2. creophagous,
  3. creosol,
  4. creosote,
  5. creosote bush,
  6. crepe de chine,
  7. crepe hair,
  8. crepe marocain,
  9. crepe myrtle,
  10. crepe paper

Origin of crepe

1790–1800; < French < Latin crispus curled, wrinkled

Can be confusedcrap crape crepe crêpe crept

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British Dictionary definitions for creping

crepe

crape

/ (kreɪp) /

noun

  1. a light cotton, silk, or other fabric with a fine ridged or crinkled surface
  2. (as modifier)a crepe dress
a black armband originally made of this, worn as a sign of mourning
a very thin pancake, often rolled or folded around a filling

verb

(tr) to cover or drape with crepe

Word Origin for crepe

C19: from French crêpe, from Latin crispus curled, uneven, wrinkled

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Word Origin and History for creping

crepe

n.

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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