- 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.
Origin of drapery
Examples from the Web for draperies
There, half concealed by the draperies, he communed and reasoned with himself.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
The position of the bed, the idea of the draperies all are parallel.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
She parted the draperies and looked curiously into the room beyond.The Masked Bridal
Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
He walked over to a curtained doorway, and drew aside the draperies.A Woman for Mayor
Helen M. Winslow
She crossed the room in a graceful swirl of draperies, and laid a finger on the bell.The Grell Mystery
- 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
Word Origin and History for draperies
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.