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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Twigs, planks, drapery and other unidentifiable objects are assembled to create a vanity that feels wild and otherworldly. Christian Vasquez, Dallas News, "Luxury relic of 1900 Paris World’s Fair gets a modern update from artist Chris Schanck," 11 Feb. 2021 Another blast of wind whipped the magenta drapery into the Corinthian column that held the candelabra, which crashed into the Unicorn Queen, who toppled inelegantly to the floor. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "The lush yet loungy 'Mystic Krewe of Unicorns' Mardi Gras float house is a masterpiece," 4 Feb. 2021 Keep all candles away from drapery and loose material and out of reach of children and pets. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 18 Dec. 2020 Tjarks, who owns a drapery company called Gotcha Covered, is a conservative Republican. Annie Gowen, Anchorage Daily News, "COVID-19 gets personal in a South Dakota town as neighbors die and a mask mandate is debated," 9 Dec. 2020 Thousands of photos of emerald-green drapery and quivering ruby-red arcs—captured with cameras gathering much more light than human eyes can and then edited and enhanced—make false promises. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's Magazine, "[Letter from the Northwest Territories]," 24 Nov. 2020 There are many different types: Drapes may slide directly on the pole through a rod pocket, through large decorative metal grommets, or be attached by ornamental rings or metal drapery hooks or pins, which stick into the back of the curtain. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Hang Curtains Like a Professional," 23 Nov. 2020 The laboratory drapery can conceal his long beautiful face or his long beautiful tail, but not both. Daniel Dorsa, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Our Ancient Bond With Dogs," 17 Nov. 2020 Vibrant hues are also layered in through the bold floral-patterned dining chairs and ombre drapery panels that vary from spa blue to deep teal. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "20 Inspiring Designs You Need to See from the Fall One Room Challenge," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of drapery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Drapery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drapery. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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