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 figure-fitting look, by Alexander Wang, featured a plunging keyhole neckline, floral detailing, and velvety drapery around the hips to function like a wrap skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Wore a Sheer Lace Bodysuit by Alexander Wang to John Legend's Party," 14 Jan. 2019 My aunt and uncle had to go to Sears to exchange window draperies. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "‘Thank You, Sears, for Being There When No One Else Was’," 15 Oct. 2018 Her front hall is decorated in trompe l'oeil draperies framing a Chinese landscape evoking all the time McCains have spent facing out over the Pacific. P.j. O'rourke, Town & Country, "Roberta McCain, the Woman Who Shaped Senator John McCain," 29 Aug. 2018 Use drapery panels with a blackout lining to combine style with function. The Seattle Times, "4 quick fixes to give your rental home more personality," 13 Aug. 2018 Americans in the sweltering South dispensed with the insulating canopies and draperies in the early 20th century, said Alexis Barr, instructor of design history at the New York School of Interior Design, to minimize germiness. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Modern Romance: State-of-the-Art Spindle Beds," 4 Oct. 2018 Rule 2: Identify your happy place — preferably one with good service and plush drapery. Ali Wentworth, Town & Country, "The Wisdom of Muffie," 7 Jan. 2013 The draperies are lined in flannel, so those suckers keep out the drafts. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Designer Annie Brahler on Decorating a Landmark Victorian," 1 Apr. 2012 When the Getty acquired the work in 1972, the head was missing — the sculpture consisted of a body covered in flowing drapery. Jori Finkel, New York Times, "Five Must-See Artworks at the Renovated Getty Villa," 13 Apr. 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

US : 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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