drap·​er | \ ˈdrā-pər How to pronounce draper (audio) \

Definition of draper

 (Entry 1 of 3)

chiefly British
: a dealer in cloth and sometimes also in clothing and dry goods


biographical name
Dra·​per | \ ˈdrā-pər How to pronounce Draper (audio) \

Definition of Draper (Entry 2 of 3)

Henry 1837–1882 American astronomer


geographical name
Dra·​per | \ ˈdrā-pər How to pronounce Draper (audio) \

Definition of Draper (Entry 3 of 3)

city in north central Utah south of Salt Lake City population 42,274

Examples of draper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That same greenery accented the mantelpieces and serving tables and ran the length of the old draper’s table at which the guests sat. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 At age 14, he was apprenticed in a draper’s shop, a soul-killing job the boy hated. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 The poet’s third husband was Richard Prowse, of Exeter, a prominent draper who was also the city’s bailiff, sheriff, alderman, and mayor, as well as a Member of Parliament. Jamie Quatro, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2019 Here’s the draper Baudu: The place would soon be really ridiculous in its immensity; the customers would lose themselves in it. Benedict Evans, WIRED, 26 July 2019 K St., 1420-Robert Draper to Emerson Siegle and Ariel Xue, $772,500. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2017 Teacher’s pet in the best possible way: the perfect draper, perfect sketcher, won all the awards. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2016 Drapers -Oscar de la Renta's son Moises is starting an online store-slash-magazine. Veronique Hyland, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Aug. 2011 Draper became CEO of Virgin Mobile during a shake up of Sprint’s prepaid wireless operations a year ago and more recently returned as president of prepaid. Mark Davis, kansascity.com, 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of draper


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for draper


Middle English, weaver, clothier, from Anglo-French draper, from drap cloth — more at drab

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“Draper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draper. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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