[ drey-puh-ree ]
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noun,plural drap·er·ies.
  1. coverings, hangings, clothing, etc., of fabric, especially as arranged in loose, graceful folds.

  2. Often draperies. long curtains, usually of heavy fabric and often designed to open and close across a window.

  1. the draping or arranging of hangings, clothing, etc., in graceful folds.

  2. Art. hangings, clothing, etc., as represented in sculpture or painting.

  3. cloths or textile fabrics collectively.

  4. British.

Origin of drapery

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

Other words from drapery

  • drap·er·ied, adjective
  • un·dra·per·ied, adjective

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How to use drapery in a sentence

  • The women at once rose and began to shake out their draperies and relax their muscles.

  • Louis could not help seeing the lovely group, through the half-obscuring draperies of the open door.

  • The softest carpets and rugs covered the floors; rich and tasteful draperies hung at doors and windows.

  • Her little bronze bedroom slippers peeped in and out from her trailing draperies of topaz-coloured silk.

    A Butterfly on the Wheel | Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • "No," she exclaimed with dainty aplomb to the man who sat cross-legged in muslin draperies on the table.

    Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan

British Dictionary definitions for drapery


/ (ˈdreɪpərɪ) /

nounplural -peries
  1. fabric or clothing arranged and draped

  2. (often plural) curtains or hangings that drape

  1. British the occupation or shop of a draper

  2. fabrics and cloth collectively

Derived forms of drapery

  • draperied, adjective

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