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

Since the dawn of Silicon Valley, the HBO comedy has been draped in critical acclaim, save for one big problem: its very noticeable, and unnecessary, lack of women on screen, which showrunner Alec Berg recently defended. refinery29.com, "T.J. Miller's Silicon Valley Exit Still Didn’t Leave Any Room For Women," 26 Mar. 2018 According to the email, the Feb. 21, 2017, video showed Ugenti-Rita wearing Shooter's suit jacket — it was draped over her shoulders — and would presumably attempt to illustrate a friendly relationship between the two. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "Top 10 things we learned from the Don Shooter sexual-harassment files," 17 Mar. 2018 But because of the angle, you’re almost forced to loosely drape your hair around the barrel, creating those cool beachy waves the women on Ess's Instagram always have. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Jenna Dewan's Hairstylist Made a Curling Iron Like You’ve Never Seen Before," 21 Nov. 2018 Justify became the sixth straight Derby favorite to be draped with the garland of roses. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Bob Baffert makes his move on Kentucky Derby history with his 5th win," 5 May 2018 The police department has asked officers to drape their badges in his memory. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "Funeral arrangements announced for fallen Huntsville policeman Keith Earle," 12 Apr. 2018 At the turn-off to a narrow dirt road stood a decrepit old tractor that someone had taken the time to drape in a Confederate flag. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Little Führers Everywhere," 22 Feb. 2018 Barbara Berman, owner of BB'S Backstage Fashion Show Dressing Services, says the secret is a silk scarf: Bring one along with you to drape over your face and head like a beekeeper's mask, and make sure to fold it in around your lips. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "4 Genius Ways Not to Get Makeup on Your Clothes," 20 Apr. 2015 Baldwin has been wearing baggy and draped outfits in her recent public appearances, but she's also been seen in a crop top in one of Bieber's Instagram posts. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber Just Tricked Us Into Thinking Hailey Baldwin Is Pregnant," 1 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 New window treatments — curtains, blinds, or drapes — can be an unexpectedly expensive part of a reno, mostly because people tend to have lots of window. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Living Room Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 Curtain Call The firm’s private offices temper the transparency of glass walls and doors with Knoll drapes, whose soft, floor-sweeping lamb’s wool feels more residential in character than shades would. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "New Corporate-Office Design: No Ping-Pong, But Not Uptight," 31 Aug. 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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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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