drap·​ery | \ ˈdrā-p(ə-)rē How to pronounce drapery (audio) \
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 crib, which was gifted to the couple by the rapper PreMadonna, is a gigantic, plush oval adorned with white drapery and gilded trim. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Cardi B Shows Off Her Daughter’s Custom-Made, Gilded Baby Crib," 18 July 2018 KnollTextiles’ Contour Collection includes a drapery fabric that was inspired by a Christian... WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 19 May 2019 They are pleated at the top of the drapery panel, and hang from a rod. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019 De-wrinkling large items, like tablecloths and draperies, is particularly easy and speedy with this iron. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Cordless Irons to Buy in 2019, According to Cleaning Experts," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of drapery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drapery was in the 14th century

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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 How to pronounce drapery (audio) , ˈdrā-prē\
plural draperies

Kids Definition of drapery

1 : long heavy curtains
2 : a decorative fabric hung in loose folds

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to take the place or position of

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