noun British.

a dealer in cloth; a retail merchant or clerk who sells piece goods.
a retail merchant or clerk who sells clothing and dry goods.

Origin of draper

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French drapier, equivalent to drap cloth + -ier -ier2; see -er2




Henry,1837–82, U.S. astronomer.
his fatherJohn William,1811–82, U.S. chemist, physiologist, historian, and writer; born in England.
Ruth,1884–1956, U.S. diseuse and writer of character sketches.
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Examples from the Web for draper

Contemporary Examples of draper

Historical Examples of draper

  • However, after dinner, she again referred to the draper's shop.


    Emile Zola

  • Then a man ran out of the draper's with a roll of oilcloth, and off they went again.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • "Stay here until I come back," I ordered and hurried to the draper's.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • That draper's shop was not the place for a scene, with a half-dozen clerks to enjoy it.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • For a period he carried on business as a draper in Cowcaddens, Glasgow.

British Dictionary definitions for draper



British a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials



Henry. 1837–82, US astronomer, who contributed to stellar classification and spectroscopy
his father, John William. 1811–82, US chemist and historian, born in England, made the first photograph of the moon
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Word Origin and History for draper

mid-14c. (mid-12c. as a surname), "one who weaves and/or sells cloth," from Anglo-French draper, Old French drapier (13c.) "draper, clothes-seller, clothes-maker," agent noun from drap (see drape (v.)).

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draper in Science


[drāpər]Henry 1837-1882

American astronomer who developed methods for photographing celestial objects and phenomena. He became the first to photograph a stellar spectrum (1872) and a nebula (1880).
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