drap·ery | \ ˈdrā-p(ə-)rē \
plural draperies

Definition of drapery 

1 British : dry goods

2a : a decorative piece of material usually hung in loose folds and arranged in a graceful design

b : hangings of heavy fabric for use as a curtain

3 : the draping or arranging of materials

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Synonyms for drapery


curtains, drapes

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Examples of drapery in a Sentence

The painter arranged several items among drapery and began to work. the drapery for the picture window matched the color of the furniture in the center of the room

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The sheer draperies were custom made by the Shade Store in Portland. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "When Your Dining Room Was Once A Railroad Terminal," 19 June 2018 Directors have had to unlearn all the old ways it was once done. Billowing drapery, the dimming of lights, a sudden curtain: that entire evasive language is old hat, as obsolete a thing now as barrel staves and buggy whips. Max Maller, Chicago Reader, "Fucking Men struggles with onstage intimacy realness," 11 July 2018 Five stained cloth draperies are slung from rods attached to the ceiling of the gallery, and seven or so frames present faint photographic images of weedy fields. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "Charles Desmarais’ art pick for July 15: Susanne Kriemann’s ‘Canopy, canopy’," 7 July 2018 Here are more flag code regulations: The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: Are you violating US flag code? Probably," 4 July 2018 Heavy draperies hang at the windows instead of Venetian blinds. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "This Painting Is Probably How You Imagine the Original Fourth of July. Here's What's Wrong With It," 3 July 2018 As the show began its second act at 3:15 that afternoon, a spark from a stage light ignited nearby drapery. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian, "The Iroquois Theater Disaster Killed Hundreds and Changed Fire Safety Forever," 12 June 2018 Silk crepe netting is used in place of traditional drapery in the suite, while whitewashed exposed beams, gray parquet floors, and a whirl of satin and velvet upholstery fill out the rest of the airy space. Sarah Storms, ELLE Decor, "The Suite Life: Les Sources de Caudalie's L'Ile Aux Oiseux," 17 June 2016 Prosecutors allege DeAngelo broke into their Ventura home, tied the pair with drapery cord and raped Charlene Smith before fatally beating the couple with a log of firewood. Sam Stanton And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "Judge in East Area Rapist case expects to release some warrant details Friday," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of drapery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of drapery

: long heavy curtains

: a decorative cloth that is arranged or hung in loose folds


drap·ery | \ ˈdrā-pə-rē , ˈdrā-prē \
plural draperies

Kids Definition of drapery

1 : long heavy curtains

2 : a decorative fabric hung in loose folds

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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