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

The chicken was chopped and tender, while the fish was well-fried, although the tarter sauce draped overtop was slightly sweet and applied with too heavy a hand. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mexican restaurant near U of L serves up some indulgent (and big!) food," 3 July 2019 The photograph of them face down along the bank with the girl tucked inside his shirt and her arm draped over his neck underscored the perils that migrants and asylum seekers face in trying to reach the United States. Washington Post, "Widow, mother of drowning victims returns to El Salvador," 29 June 2019 Raikoke is an uninhabited island along the Kuril chain, a necklace of narrow strip islands draped 500 miles from northern Japan to northeast Russia. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "This North Pacific volcano just erupted after nearly a century of silence. Astronauts captured the breathtaking scene.," 27 June 2019 While Danes's dress had a slightly more *Princess Aurora* silhouette with the draping fabric and pointed/pinched silhouette, Z's was straight-up Cinderella. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "A Detailed Timeline of Zendaya and Lindsay Lohan's Feud," 26 June 2019 Traditional suitmakers, under influences as various as Giorgio Armani’s drape and Bill Clinton’s palatial way of wearing Donna Karan suits, descended into bagginess. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Evolution of N.B.A.-Draft Fashion," 26 June 2019 Purple shrouds had been draped over their bodies, and cash and I.D.s were found in their pockets. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Man Who Left Heaven's Gate Before Mass Suicide Is Haunted by Loved Ones He Lost," 17 June 2019 The corps eventually resorted to draping the banks with concrete. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "Creating a waterborne interstate for commerce: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 Yves Tanguy’s eerie landscapes — dark voids sliced by a horizon, wispy forms draped like dead things — set the tone. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Brave new worlds, on view at the Mead Art Museum," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One 15-year-old girl spotted a man in her neighbor’s backyard and closed the drapes. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: The attacker lingered in houses as he raped, tortured women (Part Three)," 23 June 2019 An haute-couture artist in London embroidered patterns that resemble moss and lichen on the high-back chairs and the floor-to-ceiling gold leaf drapes are meant to reflect the golden hills. Sunset Staff, Sunset, "Drink Rum, Go Raft-Camping, and 9 More Things to See & Do This Week," 22 Jan. 2018 Okay, that’s great, that can be the drape of the jacket. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Really Feel Quite Lucky”—Sarah Burton Reflects on Her Magical Career at Alexander McQueen," 30 May 2019 Hotel Peter and Paul is actually a bundle of buildings: a 19th-century Catholic church, schoolhouse, convent, and rectory reimagined by Ash NYC with gingham drapes woven in Switzerland and antique furniture shipped from Europe. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Then, a vast smorgasbord of layered jackets and coats, iterating a range of ’80s vibes: hints of a boy’s view of dad’s Armani-gray officewear, granddad’s country tweeds, and classic throwback rock-idol leather jackets and leopard-spot drape coats. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 Motorized drapes around the outside of the home are designed to cool it down on hot days. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Star L.A. Mansion Builder Lists Estate for $88 Million," 14 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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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