a lightweight fabric of silk, cotton, or other fiber, with a finely crinkled or ridged surface.
a usually black band or piece of this material, worn as a token of mourning.
a thin, light, delicate pancake.
verb (used with object), creped, creping.
to cover, clothe, or drape with crepe.
Also, crape.

1790–1800; < French < Latin crispus curled, wrinkled

crap, crape, crepe, crept. Unabridged


[kreyp; for 2 also krep or, French, krep]
noun, plural crêpes [kreyps; for 2 also kreps or, French, krep] .
crepe ( defs 1, 2 ).
crepe ( def 3 ).

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crepe or crape (kreɪp)
1.  a.  a light cotton, silk, or other fabric with a fine ridged or crinkled surface
 b.  (as modifier): a crepe dress
2.  a black armband originally made of this, worn as a sign of mourning
3.  a very thin pancake, often rolled or folded around a filling
4.  crepe paper short for crepe rubber
5.  (tr) to cover or drape with crepe
[C19: from French crêpe, from Latin crispus curled, uneven, wrinkled]
crape or crape
[C19: from French crêpe, from Latin crispus curled, uneven, wrinkled]

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Word Origin & History

1797, from Fr. crêpe, from O.Fr. crespe, from L. crispa, fem. of crispus "curled." Meaning "small, thin pancake" is from 1877. Crepe paper is first attested 1895.
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("crisped," "frizzled," or "wrinkled"), any of a family of fabrics of various constructions and weights but all possessing a crinkled or granular surface achieved through weaving variations, chemical treatment, or embossing. The fabric is usually woven with crepe yarn, a hard-twist yarn produced either with a higher number of twists per inch than ordinary yarn or with alternate "S" and "Z" twists. In the "S" twist the twist of the yarn resembles the centre part of the letter "S"; in the "Z" twist the resemblance is to the centre part of the letter "Z"; these are sometimes referred to as left-hand and right-hand twists. One variation is to leave out certain risers (interlacings of warp over filler threads) present in plain weave in order to increase the float of yarn from one to three (see also weaving).

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Example sentences
The don't-miss dessert: a mango sticky rice crepe drenched in chocolate sauce.
Remove the crepe to a plate and make the remaining batter.
Use a cast iron or nonstick skillet, a crepe pan or griddle.
The crispy rice flour crepe is made yellow by turmeric and sometimes sweetened
  with coconut milk.
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