drapery

drapery

[drey-puh-ree]
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.
b.
the stock, shop, or business of a draper.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English draperie < Old French, equivalent to drap cloth + -erie -ery

draperied, adjective
undraperied, adjective
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drapery (ˈdreɪpərɪ)
 
n , pl -peries
1.  fabric or clothing arranged and draped
2.  (often plural) curtains or hangings that drape
3.  (Brit) the occupation or shop of a draper
4.  fabrics and cloth collectively
 
'draperied
 
adj

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drapery
c.1300, "cloth," from O.Fr. draperie (12c.), from drap (see drape). Meaning "stuff with which something is draped" is 1680s.
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