drapery

[drey-puh-ree]
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noun, plural drap·er·ies.

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.
British.
  1. dry goods.
  2. the stock, shop, or business of a draper.

Nearby words

  1. drape forming,
  2. drapeau,
  3. draper,
  4. draper, john william,
  5. draper, ruth,
  6. drapes,
  7. drappie,
  8. drastic,
  9. drat,
  10. dratted

Origin of drapery

1250–1300; Middle English draperie < Old French, equivalent to drap cloth + -erie -ery

Related formsdrap·er·ied, adjectiveun·dra·per·ied, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for draperies

drapery

noun plural -peries

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
Derived Formsdraperied, adjective

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Word Origin and History for draperies

drapery

n.

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.

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