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 There’s a poster campaign featuring a forlorn-looking moose with a rack draped with plastic bags. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s plastic bag ban takes effect Sunday. Here’s what to expect.," 13 Sep. 2019 When Tender Buttons closed for business, the staff covered the front window with brown paper, like a mirror draped with fabric for shiva. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Tender Buttons, a One-of-a-Kind New York Institution, Closes Shop," 10 Sep. 2019 Other DragCon attendees posted photos of themselves standing beside an Elizabeth Warren cardboard cutout draped with a rainbow boa. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Elizabeth Warren goes after LGBTQ vote with booth at DragCon," 9 Sep. 2019 The stage was filled with flowers and draped with Tibetan prayer flags. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "The Tragedy on Howse Peak," 28 Aug. 2019 The cries of howler monkeys emanated in the distance, where stone structures evoking the old Indiana Jones movies were draped with jungle vegetation. Washington Post, "Back to Chiapas 25 years after covering rebel uprising," 27 Aug. 2019 In the courtyard of the Seine police prefecture the Marseillaise was sung and soon the anthem was taken up in the streets, which were draped with flags of the United Nations. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Paris was liberated 75 years ago," 25 Aug. 2019 Next to the couch was the parents’ bed, draped with other dogs, including the giant, filthy, slobbering St. Bernard, and at least three of the girls. Ted Conover, Harper's magazine, "The Last Frontier," 22 July 2019 And then there was the version that looked like some kind of monster that had emerged from the muck, draped with vines and with yellow domes for eyes. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "The epic tale of the House of the Century, the trippy Texas icon that defies polite description," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Windows that receive direct sunlight should have shades or drapes that should be kept closed during the day. Kris Kane, The Mercury News, "10 ways to cut utility bills and conserve energy during the hot summer," 13 Aug. 2019 Dual chandeliers and oversize drapes adorn the formal living room, and the adjacent dining room is wrapped in wallpaper. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Patrick Dempsey’s former 1920s haunt trades hands in Hollywood Hills," 26 July 2019 His father was the governor, and Ricardo A. Rosselló grew up as a child of privilege in historic La Fortaleza, a palatial 16th-century mansion with heavy drapes and thick wooden doors just steps from San Juan Bay. Patricia Mazzei, BostonGlobe.com, "Puerto Rico’s governor misread the anger brewing about him," 25 July 2019 Lady Liberty, standing strong while flames lick the drapes of her tunic. Lynn Ischay, cleveland.com, "A poignant teardrop: September 11 memorialized on vehicles with paint and passion," 11 Sep. 2019 Traditionally, female seniors at the high school in Springville northwest of Birmingham wear a V-neck, black- velvet drape for their portraits. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Alabama girl wore tux for senior portrait. Her school yearbook left her picture out.," 17 Aug. 2019 Her clothing drapes over her body, concealing much of her skin. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "How Hustlers Captured the Excesses of Pre-Recession Fashion," 17 Sep. 2019 For Ma, use wire to secure another stake across neck for shoulders; drape shawl over shoulders. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Ma and Pa Pumpkins," 9 Sep. 2019 According to Good Housekeeping Textile Director, Carolyn Forte, blinds and shades also are generally easier to care for than curtains or drapes. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Our Favorite Custom Blinds and Shades Are 50% Off Right Now," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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Last Updated

27 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Drape.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draped. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for drape

drape

verb
How to pronounce drape (audio)

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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