[ 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

Words Nearby drapery

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How to use drapery in a sentence

  • The drapery and drawing of the figures in the earlier examples are also exceptionally good.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • Ronald looked at the mass of chiffon and the quivering fall of drapery before him and smiled.

    The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
  • Look more for the vibration of light and air on the flesh and drapery colors than for these colors in themselves.

    The Painter in Oil | Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • This drawing is now covered with its drapery, which is drawn from the life in charcoal, or a frottée of some sort.

    The Painter in Oil | Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
  • He was the first who painted woman with brilliant drapery and variegated head-dresses.

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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