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

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 Do what your great-grandmother did and put the rack up in the living room and drape the damp clothes over it to dry. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 18 July 2022 So if your bedroom has felt lackluster and uninspired lately, this sale brings a rare opportunity to drape it in luxurious fabrics for a price that won't send your credit card company into a tizzy. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 15 July 2022 Plant them alone or in a mixed container to drape over the sides. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, 24 June 2022 This blanket may not have the feel of a luxurious cashmere touch of the Hermès blanket, but the super soft microfiber flannel fabric is still perfect to nap with, or to simply drape across your couch for an inviting look. Amina Khan, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Your mother-in-law can pop it in the microwave for one minute, and then drape it around her neck or shoulders to soothe any aches and pains after a long day. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 29 Apr. 2022 Made from 100 percent organic cotton jersey, the shirts are impossibly light and drape like your favorite vintage tee, while a subtle boxy cut feels flattering and modern. The Editors, Outside Online, 10 Apr. 2022 It was decided to spread some on tables, hang some on large wooden drying racks and drape others over quilt racks standing atop the tables. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 28 Mar. 2022 Big sycamore trees drape the stream, with oaks and pines filling the canyon. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gilliam has sometimes been called the artist who, with his drape paintings, liberated the canvas from its stretchers. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 The drape of this minimal maxi dress takes it up an elegant notch. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 July 2022 Quiet rooms at home are often bedrooms, so use plants, a different wall angle, a drape, or something to hide your items. Robin Ryan, Forbes, 12 July 2022 The dark drape over all of this is that somehow few fans wanted to face it. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 July 2022 Gilliam’s experimental, beveled-edge and drape paintings influenced generations of artists over a more than seven-decade career. Deborah Vankinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2022 Long curls drape over both shoulders except for some fly-aways at the top of her head, and noticeable stubble around her lips and chin. Moises Mendez Ii, Rolling Stone, 25 June 2022 Throughout the film, which runs just shy of 90 minutes, Fleischer Camp trains the camera on shots of dainty objects and fleeting moments—a drape fluttering in the wind, beams of sunlight hitting a spider web. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 30 June 2022 The fabric, a stretchy merino-blend terry, is substantial without being bulky, with weight and a nice drape. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

31 Jul 2022

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More Definitions for drape

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)

drape

transitive verb
\ 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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