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 How to clean it: Remove the drapery or raise the blinds. Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Carpets, and Wood Floors, and Tile," 12 Feb. 2020 Draped in Style for their help with our basement drapery. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "From South Carolina to Norton Commons, this custom-built home boasts seaside vibe, decor," 9 Jan. 2020 In this California farmhouse, a warm neutral acts as an inconspicuous backdrop to colorful chairs and drapery. Chelsea Evers, Country Living, "16 Best Living Room Paint Colors to Make Your Home Feel More Inviting," 19 Dec. 2019 There's refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room, repurposed draperies in the Green Room and restored furniture in the Blue Room. Darlene Superville, chicagotribune.com, "White House upgrade: First lady’s done a lot with the place," 18 Sep. 2019 There’s refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room, repurposed draperies in the Green Room and restored furniture in the Blue Room. San Diego Union-Tribune, "White House upgrade: First lady’s done a lot with the place," 17 Sep. 2019 Generally, shades will be cheaper than drapes; at the Shade Store (where all window treatments are custom), roller shades and wood blinds start around $200 per window; drapery with hardware starts around $800. Washington Post, "Unsure of how to treat your windows? Experts offer advice to dress them in style.," 3 July 2019 The place was filled with rickety antiques, Victorian tapestry settees, heavy draperies, Civil War memorabilia and lamps converted from the kind that once burned oil. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "‘French Refreshed’ offers lessons in pared-down sophistication," 14 Nov. 2019 The menswear effect is softened with a bit of drapery, like a twist at the neck or shirring at the hips. Sharon Graubard, courant.com, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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