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 After marrying the Russian ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova in 1918, Picasso began making neoclassical paintings that placed a premium on gestural expressiveness, having elegant women pose for him in chalky drapery. Tobias Grey, WSJ, 27 May 2022 Among the biggest challenges were floor coverings, lighting and drapery. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Décor in the hotel's social hub, the Library, is equally playful, with teal velvet drapery and a standing lamp in the shape of a giraffe. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 The gown was made of an ivory silk georgette with handmade drapery embellished with a floral Lily of the Valley motif made of crystals and beads. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 6 Apr. 2022 Di Petsa showed a fall 2022 collection inspired by pregnancy and all its stages, with drapery, bump-friendly corsetry and mesh intended to be worn during and after pregnancy. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2022 Instead, both Park and Warnke are using colour and playful elements and eye-catching techniques — like butterflies, leather gloves, drapery, and asymmetrical designs. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 26 Jan. 2022 There was lots of gold drapery and eye-shifting, like junior prom with more breasts. Laurie Segall, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2022 Parts of the paintings are obscured within the drapery’s folds, and the drapes work together with the museum wall to form a soft, irregular cube. New York Times, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 26 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for drapery


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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