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 drapeability (audio) \ noun
drapable or less commonly drapeable \ ˈdrā-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce drapeable (audio) \ adjective

Noun

drapey \ ˈdrā-​pē How to pronounce drapey (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

On the north side of Grand, officers draped yellow tape over the sidewalk in front of the home and a frame house next door. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Woman found shot to death in West Town home: 'Oh God, there she is. That is so sad'," 5 June 2019 Around her neck, counselors and administrators draped a National Honor Society stole and cords denoting her community service and her summa cum laude and SAISD top scholar status. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "College path for San Antonio student started with dad’s combat wound," 4 June 2019 Steph Curry, draped by Raptors, did not attempt another shot. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Strength in Numbers: Warriors' non-stars come up big when needed most," 3 June 2019 Tess Kornfeld Editorial Assistant Tess was down to try a look with more color, so Pham walked her through a modern spin on blush draping (also known as what makes the women on GLOW look so good). Michelle Sulcov, Glamour, "These Before-and-After Photos Show What a Difference Blush Can Make," 31 Aug. 2018 This weekend many Oak Grove residents will drape Christmas lights or other decorations in Paradowski’s honor. Bill Bannks, ajc, "Tony Paradowski, 60: Decatur’s maestro of Christmas-light magic," 22 June 2018 In San Francisco last year, homeless people draped a tarp over a security robot that patrolled the parking lot of a nonprofit, tipped it over, and smeared barbecue sauce over its camera lenses. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "Afraid of robots? The feeling is mutual," 20 June 2018 Chiuri also loves the gesture of draping the traditional Venetian tabarro cape (still worn during carnival). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dior and the Venetian Heritage Foundation Host a Grand Masked Ball at the Palazzo Labia," 21 May 2019 Even her ponytail was a sight to behold with red lips draped down her mane. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Janelle Monae Channeled a Surrealist Painting at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Okay, that’s great, that can be the drape of the jacket. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Really Feel Quite Lucky”—Sarah Burton Reflects on Her Magical Career at Alexander McQueen," 30 May 2019 Hotel Peter and Paul is actually a bundle of buildings: a 19th-century Catholic church, schoolhouse, convent, and rectory reimagined by Ash NYC with gingham drapes woven in Switzerland and antique furniture shipped from Europe. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Then, a vast smorgasbord of layered jackets and coats, iterating a range of ’80s vibes: hints of a boy’s view of dad’s Armani-gray officewear, granddad’s country tweeds, and classic throwback rock-idol leather jackets and leopard-spot drape coats. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 Motorized drapes around the outside of the home are designed to cool it down on hot days. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Star L.A. Mansion Builder Lists Estate for $88 Million," 14 Nov. 2018 Wear over a leather skirt like Hilary Duff or drape over weekend clothes for a chic spin on your brunch ensemble. Alyssa Surrett, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Coats To Buy Right Now," 9 Oct. 2015 Ferguson's long-sleeve wrap dress featured a silk collar, an asymmetrical drape cascading down one side, and a row of buttons down the back. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson's Green Royal Wedding Dress Was a Subtle Tribute to Her Wedding to Prince Andrew," 12 Nov. 2018 Janie Howland provides a fine period set (drapes, chaise longue, writing table, country silhouette), but the performances are very modern. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, "Sex as a weapon in Nora’s all-male ‘Liaisons’," 5 June 2018 Wedding planners Medium Rare and Concrete+Water transformed the 30,000-square-foot industrial space into an ethereal and romantic setting, replete with floor-to-ceiling drapes and blooming cherry blossom branches on the tables. Alexis Cheung, New York Times, "They Were in Love. They Were the Last to Know.," 25 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for drape

drape

verb

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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