drape

verb
\ ˈdrāp How to pronounce drape (audio) \
draped; draping

Definition of drape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or adorn with or as if with folds of cloth
2 : to cause to hang or stretch out loosely or carelessly
3 : to arrange in flowing lines or folds

intransitive verb

: to become arranged in folds this silk drapes beautifully

drape

noun

Definition of drape (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : arrangement in or of folds
2a : a drapery especially for a window : curtain
b : a sterile covering used in an operating room usually used in plural
3 : the cut or hang of clothing

Other Words from drape

Verb

drapability or less commonly drapeability \ ˌdrā-​pə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce drape (audio) \ noun
drapable or less commonly drapeable \ ˈdrā-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce drape (audio) \ adjective

Noun

drapey \ ˈdrā-​pē How to pronounce drape (audio) \ adjective

Examples of drape in a Sentence

Verb We'll drape strings of lights between the trees for the party. a trophy wife who invariably appears at events draped in furs and diamonds
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This blanket may not have the feel of a luxurious cashmere touch of the Hermès blanket, but the super soft microfiber flannel fabric is still perfect to nap with, or to simply drape across your couch for an inviting look. Amina Khan, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Your mother-in-law can pop it in the microwave for one minute, and then drape it around her neck or shoulders to soothe any aches and pains after a long day. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 29 Apr. 2022 Made from 100 percent organic cotton jersey, the shirts are impossibly light and drape like your favorite vintage tee, while a subtle boxy cut feels flattering and modern. The Editors, Outside Online, 10 Apr. 2022 It was decided to spread some on tables, hang some on large wooden drying racks and drape others over quilt racks standing atop the tables. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Big sycamore trees drape the stream, with oaks and pines filling the canyon. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 Then, to trap the steam, drape the towel over your whole head and let your face peek out so the hot water can reach your skin. Mara Santilli, SELF, 28 Feb. 2022 Napping beauties can drape themselves in Sleeper’s fantasy of eco rayon capes and silky sets of smocked bralettes and boxers. Vogue, 30 Jan. 2022 Liberals and Democrats would do well to take the opening they’ve been given, drape themselves in the Founders and the Constitution, and cast themselves as the guardians of principals that should be allowed to endure. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, 19 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The strapless dress had a body-hugging mermaid silhouette and featured a drape detailing at the waist that tied into a large bow at her back. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 May 2022 The drape back adds an elegant touch and the side slits allow for movement. Raena Loper, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 The material is made of modal, a fiber which typically feels super soft and lightweight with a characteristic drape-y look. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 Crombie coats are a fixture—but infused with a subtle sense of irreverence: trousers are often cut wide for a louche drape, traditional tailoring is spliced with utilitarian details, leather and punchy colors make frequent appearances. Kristopher Fraser, Robb Report, 13 Apr. 2022 After Fernandes is lowered to the floor, dancers circle her; most file out, but a few drape themselves on top of her body before another duet begins. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Jackets also had feminine cutouts, and were adorned with thick ornamental chains that drape, without enclosing. Colleen Barry, ajc, 25 Feb. 2022 So, when fashion’s pendulum began swinging back in favor of looser fits, longer lengths and dramatic drape, the polo coat was perfectly positioned to seize the moment. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 16 Feb. 2022 Tender morsels of chicken in a velvety green drape of pureed cilantro and cashews add up to a superlative korma, simply streaked with chile oil. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drape

Verb

1847, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drape

Verb

probably back-formation from drapery

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Last Updated

25 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for drape

drape

verb
\ ˈdrāp How to pronounce drape (audio) \
draped; draping

Kids Definition of drape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to decorate or cover with or as if with folds of cloth
2 : to arrange or hang in flowing lines The veil draped over her head.

drape

noun
plural drapes

Kids Definition of drape (Entry 2 of 2)

drape

transitive verb
\ ˈdrāp How to pronounce drape (audio) \
draped; draping

Medical Definition of drape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shroud or enclose with surgical drapes

drape

noun

Medical Definition of drape (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sterile covering used in an operating room usually used in plural

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