drape

verb
\ ˈdrāp How to pronounce drape (audio) \
draped; draping

Definition of drape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover or adorn with or as if with folds of cloth
2 : to cause to hang or stretch out loosely or carelessly
3 : to arrange in flowing lines or folds

intransitive verb

: to become arranged in folds this silk drapes beautifully

drape

noun

Definition of drape (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : arrangement in or of folds
2a : a drapery especially for a window : curtain
b : a sterile covering used in an operating room usually used in plural
3 : the cut or hang of clothing

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Other Words from drape

Verb

drapability or less commonly drapeability \ ˌdrā-​pə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce drape (audio) \ noun
drapable or less commonly drapeable \ ˈdrā-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce drape (audio) \ adjective

Noun

drapey \ ˈdrā-​pē How to pronounce drape (audio) \ adjective

Examples of drape in a Sentence

Verb We'll drape strings of lights between the trees for the party. a trophy wife who invariably appears at events draped in furs and diamonds
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trump, in turn, awarded Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February, taking the unprecedented step of interrupting his State of the Union speech so that First Lady Melania Trump could drape the medal around his neck. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "Secession? Rush Limbaugh floats a startling notion — then quickly backs off.," 11 Dec. 2020 For indoor or outdoor use, drape them across a fireplace mantel, along a hallway, across your house’s eaves or along a fence. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "24 Christmas lights to illuminate your home for the holidays," 1 Dec. 2020 So collect old blankets or sheets to drape over carpets; cardboard or another non-slippery protective material can cover the hardwood or tile. Ada Tseng, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s how to move in and move out efficiently and with as little stress as possible," 11 Nov. 2020 Position items between books and hang wreaths in front of shelves, or drape a garland along the entire width of the bookcase. Sarah Choi, ELLE Decor, "These Top Interior Designers Now Have Curated Lines of Holiday Decor Items on 1stDibs," 5 Nov. 2020 For a final touch of whimsy, take a citrus zester and peel off strips of orange rind before wrapping them around a chopstick and placing them in the freezer; after 20 minutes, uncoil and drape them throughout the arrangement. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, "How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea Garden," 22 Oct. 2020 Steller sea lions drape their chocolate bodies over rocks lining the Alaska coast. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Steller sea lions from the western Aleutians have a higher level of mercury. Where does it come from?," 31 Oct. 2020 When the tortilla is rolled out, drape it over your hand and transfer carefully to the griddle or skillet. Washington Post, "How to make light, chewy, flavor-packed flour tortillas at home," 15 Oct. 2020 Pumpkins and yellow and burnt orange mums already drape the front porches throughout our neighborhoods. Chris Folks, baltimoresun.com, "Fall colors grace flowers and trees as coronavirus affects the season | West Laurel," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If these are smaller, plant covers that drape to the ground would likely be all that is need for protection should a freeze occur. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Install bougainvilleas now, unless there is a freeze risk," 26 Dec. 2020 Jail security camera footage showed she was covered with a drape and deputies placed a spit mask over her head, Fox 31 reported. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Colorado grandmother gets $2.4M after being wrongly arrested while naked," 23 Dec. 2020 Just drape sheets over living room chairs and fill it up with your softest blankets. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, "At-Home New Year's Eve Party Ideas That Are Still Fabulous," 16 Dec. 2020 For example, county officials suggest schools work with a student’s parents to use a mask alternative, such as a face shield with a drape or a plexiglass barrier between the student and teacher. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Parents say San Diego Unified mask policy discriminates against students with disabilities," 12 Nov. 2020 In one iteration, strips of pale blue and yellow drape from Mr. Janzen’s collarbone to one leg. New York Times, "Dancing on Grass and Concrete at New York City Ballet," 2 Nov. 2020 And the Seurat in Cloud Gray would work in the family room, layered with a neutral drape for the winter. Sarah Choi, ELLE Decor, "This Is Nate Berkus’s New Collection for The Shade Store," 23 Oct. 2020 Teachers can wear cloth face masks or face shield with a drape. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Some schools may get to reopen soon, but their safety plans vary widely," 16 Aug. 2020 Dawn Cole owns the Hangman — a custom drape and blind store on Main Street. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "With only $400 in the bank, new owner brings a small-town Minnesota newspaper back from the dead," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of drape

Verb

1847, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drape

Verb

probably back-formation from drapery

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The first known use of drape was in 1847

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Last Updated

21 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drape. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for drape

drape

verb
How to pronounce drape (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drape

: to loosely place or hang (something)
of cloth : to hang in a pleasing way
: to cover (someone or something) with a cloth

drape

verb
\ ˈdrāp How to pronounce drape (audio) \
draped; draping

Kids Definition of drape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to decorate or cover with or as if with folds of cloth
2 : to arrange or hang in flowing lines The veil draped over her head.

drape

noun
plural drapes

Kids Definition of drape (Entry 2 of 2)

\ ˈdrāp How to pronounce drape (audio) \
draped; draping

Medical Definition of drape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shroud or enclose with surgical drapes

drape

noun

Medical Definition of drape (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sterile covering used in an operating room usually used in plural

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