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 Borowiak, who had said goodbye to her mother on FaceTime, went to Bria of Geneva one last time and watched as the funeral home arrived to pick up her mother’s body, draped in purple velvet, her favorite color. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "A Quarter of the Residents at This Nursing Home Died From COVID-19. Families Want Answers.," 14 May 2020 Brigman’s earliest images, often made using her sisters as models, were dreamy compositions featuring idealized representations of women posed amid flowers or draped in gossamer fabrics. Sarah Blackwood, The New Yorker, "A Forgotten Twentieth-Century Photographer’s Wild Portraits of Women in Nature," 11 May 2020 Now, just maybe, all those unfinished street corners draped in orange plastic barriers will disappear. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Amy Klobuchar has inside track to be Joe Biden’s running mate," 2 May 2020 In the amusement tent of a funfair, Zhou Zenong, who was pursuing Ai’ai, is distracted by the sight of a woman’s head that looks as if it’s suspended above a vase on a machine draped in black cloth. Jiwei Xiao, The New York Review of Books, "Into the Uncharted Zone: Diao Yinan’s ‘The Wild Goose Lake’," 14 Mar. 2020 At Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano on San Antonio’s far North Side, every fourth table was draped in white Friday night, like ghosts wandering through what’s left behind after the rapture. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Dining critic Mike Sutter on what it’s like to eat out on San Antonio restaurants’ reopening day, at Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano," 1 May 2020 But every other table was marked off with blue masking tape and chairs were draped in clear plastic. Los Angeles Times, "‘It’s too soon’: In small towns and big cities, Georgia’s experiment in reopening moves slowly," 1 May 2020 Kerr is draped in a sheet to protect the two women from the spread of novel coronavirus. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Mother-daughter hug makes its way to 'Good Morning America'," 9 Apr. 2020 Fabric couches, used for shaping baguettes, were draped across wooden poles, like beach towels still damp from last summer. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here simple white drapes and a neutral rug give a breath, yet each sport a hint of navy to coordinate. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Designer Dina Holland Transformed a Bland Living Room Into an Oasis," 11 Apr. 2020 For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs and drapes, clean using soap and water or launder. Aidin Vaziri, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus FAQ: How long does it stay on surfaces? And, how do I do laundry?," 23 Mar. 2020 Carpet, rug, drape, cushion and other soft, porous surface: Clean with products such as Purell Multi-Surface Disinfectant or Sani-Spritz Spray. oregonlive, "How to sanitize upholstery and home surfaces without damaging them in a coronavirus clean," 20 Mar. 2020 The Mockbee has the lagering tunnel structure, but Ghost Baby has drapes, chandeliers, live music, high ceilings and arches. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Ghost Baby: Here's what you should know about Over-the-Rhine's new underground bar," 6 Mar. 2020 The drapes were part of a $27,387 makeover that included a new desk, settee, and other furnishings. BostonGlobe.com, "some highs and lows," 13 Nov. 2019 Or, if storage isn't a necessity, simply top any old desk or table with a piece of plywood, drape with a tablecloth, and place a piece of glass or mirror on top for an instant skirted vanity. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "An Ode to the Skirted Dressing Table," 28 Feb. 2020 Expect lots of drape-y clothing, tattoos in a variety of languages, and deep tans. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Mexico: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 To combat the shortage of masks, some people are fabricating masks out of drapes, bra straps, shower curtains, and a number of other household goods. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Jim Cramer claims US leaders 'sold us out' in allowing China to corner N95 mask market," 27 Mar. 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

25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drape. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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