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

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Other Words from drape

Verb

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

Noun

drapey \ ˈdrā-​pē How to pronounce drapey (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

Baldwin has been wearing baggy and draped outfits in her recent public appearances, but she's also been seen in a crop top in one of Bieber's Instagram posts. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber Just Tricked Us Into Thinking Hailey Baldwin Is Pregnant," 1 Apr. 2019 Models silently wound their way around six rows of white birch trees, draped in quilted silks that trailed across the dirt floor. Monica Kim, Vogue, "This Winter Beauty Hack From the Moncler Show Is, Well, Genius," 21 Feb. 2019 According to the Houston Chronicle, Bush's casket, draped in an American flag, was escorted by six pallbearers into a hearse headed to Ellington Field. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "All the Details on George H. W. Bush's Funeral," 6 Dec. 2018 The mother and daughter pair posed on the couch together, next to what looks like a real skeleton, draped in black lace. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Shares Halloween Costume and Decorations on Social Media," 27 Oct. 2018 His wife’s sparkly sheath gown draped in silk tulle? Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, "Tracee Ellis Ross leads parade of pink on Emmys carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 Trucks carried the caskets draped in the Iranian flag in the capital Tehran. Fox News, "Iranians attend funeral for soldiers killed in Iran-Iraq war," 13 Sep. 2018 Its silicone arms can be wrapped over the armrest, tucked between seat cushions, draped over the back rest, or laid flat. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "This Genius Cup Holder Will Totally Transform Your Netflix Marathons," 21 Mar. 2019 Inspired by delicate makeup and jewelry cases from the 1920s, the mini cylinder can be worn as an eye-catching statement necklace, cross body accessory, or even as an add-on draped over the handles of a brown Speedy carryall. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Louis Vuitton’s New It-Bag Is Intended Only For Your Lipstick," 8 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Wear over a leather skirt like Hilary Duff or drape over weekend clothes for a chic spin on your brunch ensemble. Alyssa Surrett, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Coats To Buy Right Now," 9 Oct. 2015 Ferguson's long-sleeve wrap dress featured a silk collar, an asymmetrical drape cascading down one side, and a row of buttons down the back. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson's Green Royal Wedding Dress Was a Subtle Tribute to Her Wedding to Prince Andrew," 12 Nov. 2018 Janie Howland provides a fine period set (drapes, chaise longue, writing table, country silhouette), but the performances are very modern. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Sex as a weapon in Nora’s all-male ‘Liaisons’," 5 June 2018 Wedding planners Medium Rare and Concrete+Water transformed the 30,000-square-foot industrial space into an ethereal and romantic setting, replete with floor-to-ceiling drapes and blooming cherry blossom branches on the tables. Alexis Cheung, New York Times, "They Were in Love. They Were the Last to Know.," 25 May 2018 New window treatments — curtains, blinds, or drapes — can be an unexpectedly expensive part of a reno, mostly because people tend to have lots of window. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Living Room Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 Curtain Call The firm’s private offices temper the transparency of glass walls and doors with Knoll drapes, whose soft, floor-sweeping lamb’s wool feels more residential in character than shades would. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "New Corporate-Office Design: No Ping-Pong, But Not Uptight," 31 Aug. 2018 Luxury Afternoon Tea at Tîng, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard Forget cozy, genteel parlors, all heavy drapes and nostalgia for the England of yesterday. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Places for Afternoon Tea in London," 3 Mar. 2018 But a new exhibition in San Francisco shows that the covering used by some Muslim women can be a bright yellow head wrap or a loose drape of rose; a black silk and lace scarf by Dolce & Gabbana; or a hood attached to an extra-long girls' dress. Fox News, "San Francisco museum shows off modern Muslim women's fashion," 21 Sep. 2018

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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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The first known use of drape was in 1847

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More Definitions for drape

drape

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drape

: to loosely place or hang (something)
of cloth : to hang in a pleasing way
: to cover (someone or something) with a cloth

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)

\ 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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