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


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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 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, "The Hidden Life of a Forgotten Sixteenth-Century Female Poet," 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, "Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas," 26 July 2019 K St., 1420-Robert Draper to Emerson Siegle and Ariel Xue, $772,500. Washington Post, "D.C. home sales," 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, "Coming Back Home to Oscar de la Renta," 2 Sep. 2016 Drapers -Oscar de la Renta's son Moises is starting an online store-slash-magazine. Veronique Hyland, Harper's BAZAAR, "While You Were Sleeping: Maybelline Great Lash Turns 40, Miu Miu's Sparkling Kicks, Plus More!," 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, "Sprint’s iPhone-only Virgin Mobile strategy will put current Android customers in play," 22 June 2017 Draper police were not aware of Rackley's call to police in neighboring Sandy. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Utah cops got anonymous tip hours before man fatally shot his ex, her son, himself," 15 June 2017 Draper police were not aware of Rackley’s call to police in neighboring Sandy. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Seattle Times, "APNewsbreak: Utah cops tipped before man shot ex-girlfriend," 14 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 18 Jan. 2021.

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