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drapery

[drey-puh-ree] /ˈdreɪ pə ri/
noun, plural draperies.
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.
3.
the draping or arranging of hangings, clothing, etc., in graceful folds.
4.
Art. hangings, clothing, etc., as represented in sculpture or painting.
5.
cloths or textile fabrics collectively.
6.
British.
  1. dry goods.
  2. the stock, shop, or business of a draper.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English draperie < Old French, equivalent to drap cloth + -erie -ery
Related forms
draperied, adjective
undraperied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for drapery

drapery

/ˈdreɪpərɪ/
noun (pl) -peries
1.
fabric or clothing arranged and draped
2.
(often pl) curtains or hangings that drape
3.
(Brit) the occupation or shop of a draper
4.
fabrics and cloth collectively
Derived Forms
draperied, adjective
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Word Origin and History for drapery
n.

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.

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