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verb (used with object),draped, drap·ing.
  1. to cover or hang with cloth or other fabric, especially in graceful folds; adorn with drapery.

  2. to adjust (curtains, clothes, etc.) into graceful folds, attractive lines, etc.

  1. to arrange, hang, or let fall carelessly: Don't drape your feet over the chair!

  2. Medicine/Medical, Surgery. to place cloth so as to surround (a part to be examined, treated, or operated upon).

  3. (in reinforced-concrete construction) to hang (reinforcement) in a certain form between two points before pouring the concrete.

  4. to put a black cravat on (a flagstaff) as a token of mourning.

verb (used without object),draped, drap·ing.
  1. to hang, fall, or become arranged in folds, as drapery: This silk drapes well.

  1. a curtain or hanging of heavy fabric and usually considerable length, especially either of a pair for covering a window and drawn open and shut horizontally.

  2. either of a pair of similar curtains extending or draped at the sides of a window, French doors, or the like as decoration.

  1. manner or style of hanging: the drape of a skirt.

Origin of drape

1400–50; late Middle English <Middle French draper, derivative of drap cloth (see drab1)

Other words from drape

  • drap·a·ble, drape·a·ble, adjective
  • drap·a·bil·i·ty, drape·a·bil·i·ty, noun

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How to use drape in a sentence

  • Her trademark is her sensual draping, learned at the side of the celebrated Geoffrey Beene.

  • I notice a little girl with hollow eyes and skin draping her bones like fabric.

  • But to Bierce's mind, "noble and nude and antique," this mid-Victorian draping and bedecking of "unpleasant truths" was abhorrent.

  • It was her delight to emphasize her splendid figure by draping it in brilliant reds and yellows.

    Hyacinth | George A. Birmingham
  • Inside their outer wraps women were rather wall-papering themselves than draping their forms.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • She began on the wide draping of the yoke, fastening it front, back and at each shoulder.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost | Gene Stratton Porter
  • The prince reclined on a couch from which a draping of cloth-of-silver rolled torrent over the floor.

    Prince Zaleski | M.P. Shiel

British Dictionary definitions for drape


/ (dreɪp) /

  1. (tr) to hang or cover with flexible material or fabric, usually in folds; adorn

  2. to hang or arrange or be hung or arranged, esp in folds

  1. (tr) to place casually and loosely; hang: she draped her arm over the back of the chair

  1. (often plural) a cloth or hanging that covers something in folds; drapery

  2. the way in which fabric hangs

Origin of drape

C15: from Old French draper, from drap piece of cloth; see drab 1

Derived forms of drape

  • drapable or drapeable, adjective

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