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[drey-puh-ree] /ˈdreɪ pə ri/
noun, plural draperies.
coverings, hangings, clothing, etc., of fabric, especially as arranged in loose, graceful folds.
Often, draperies. long curtains, usually of heavy fabric and often designed to open and close across a window.
the draping or arranging of hangings, clothing, etc., in graceful folds.
Art. hangings, clothing, etc., as represented in sculpture or painting.
cloths or textile fabrics collectively.
  1. dry goods.
  2. the stock, shop, or business of a draper.
Origin of drapery
1250-1300; Middle English draperie < Old French, equivalent to drap cloth + -erie -ery
Related forms
draperied, adjective
undraperied, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for drapery
Historical Examples
  • And slowly, slowly, the drapery was put aside, and a face peered in.

    The Gloved Hand Burton E. Stevenson
  • She asked to see it, and I wheeled out the easel and threw the drapery back.

    The Greater Inclination Edith Wharton
  • The colour is as rich and juicy as Titians, the drapery learned and graceful, the faces are full of fire and spirit.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • Drawings of a male body, a female body, and a piece of drapery.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • A pleasing effect will be produced, if you leave strong lights in some parts of the drapery, &c., without any colours.

  • Steps were heard in the gallery—the drapery at the door was agitated.

  • I paid no attention, believing that a draught from the window was moving some drapery.

  • She arose, and with a grand sweep of her drapery, moved toward the door.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • The one sacrificed the heart to the head; the other both heart and head to point and drapery.

    Biographia Literaria Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Mr. Knight wished Tom to go into the drapery, but Tom would not.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for drapery


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

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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