Definition of drape in English:


Syllabification: drape
Pronunciation: /drāp


[with object]
  • 1Arrange (cloth or clothing) loosely or casually on or around something: she draped a shawl around her shoulders
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    • Ariel has draped some clothing on the tree and Trinculo takes a robe and puts it on.
    • She dressed quickly, and draped a yellow scarf over her shoulders.
    • Her green jacket was loosely draped in the crook of her elbow, and her jeans were clean, as if they had been purchased recently.
  • 1.1Adorn, cover, or wrap (someone or something) loosely with folds of cloth: the body was draped in a blanket
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    • She was squatting by the fire wrapped in scarlet cloth, her shoulders draped in a soiled blanket.
    • The fact is that on the streets of India, certainly by Western standards, most women appear to be draped, swathed and completely covered in fabric.
    • All the furniture is draped in grey blankets to make it more sophisticatedly grey.
    wrap, wind, swathe, sling, hangcover, envelop, swathe, shroud, deck, festoon, overlay, cloak, wind, enfold, sheathe
  • 1.2Let (oneself or a part of one’s body) rest somewhere in a casual or relaxed way: he draped an arm around her shoulders
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    • I was sleeping on my side and he'd draped himself over my body, head stretched out on the point of my shoulder, legs hanging down my back and chest.
    • While the pain explodes from his body he drapes himself over Nobantu's lap and she rubs his back just as she had rubbed his mother's leg at hospital just a few days before.
    • But I made it outside, feeling good about myself when I felt an arm drape itself across my shoulder.
    dangle, hang, suspend, droop, drop
  • 1.3 [no object] (Of fabric) hang or be able to hang in loose, graceful folds: velvet drapes beautifully
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    • The fabric draped off her diminutive form, hiding her hands and bare feet easily.
    • Black fabric draped through the halls, concealing all portraits and ornamentation.
    • On most males, the fabric will drape down from the shoulder area to provide a convenient hollow behind the hip.


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  • 1 (drapes) North American Long curtains: Katherine pulled back the heavy velvet drapes
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    • Inside the hulk are heavy drapes and two red velvet chairs.
    • She looked at the heavy long velvet drapes covering the window.
    • His office was lavish, with a thick, deep red carpet, and heavy velvet drapes, the same color as the carpet, pulled back at the windows.
  • 1.1British informal A man’s suit consisting of a long jacket and narrow trousers, as worn by a Teddy boy: teds dressed in Edwardian-style drapes and suede shoes
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    • Rather than try and dress it up in a drape jacket, she cannot put enough emphasis on how the genre has expanded its parameters since she first trod the boards of the church halls and less salubrious venues.
    • Meanwhile Roy will be wearing a cream drape suit and creepers with leopard skin fronts.
    • I indicated the one in the pink drape coat and western string tie standing in the shadows, almost in the wings.
  • 1.2A cloth for covering parts of a patient’s body other than that part on which a surgical operation is being performed.
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    • The circulating nurse then preps the patient, and the surgeon places the surgical drapes.
    • Materials used for surgical gowns and drapes should be resistant to penetration by blood and other body fluids as necessitated by their intended use.
    • The scrub person then drapes the patient by securing a towel with an adhesive strip on the patient's forehead and placing a body drape down the entire length of the patient.
  • 2 [in singular] The way in which a garment or fabric hangs: by fixing the band lower down you obtain a fuller drape in the fabric
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    • The firm has developed mathematical algorithms to simulate fabric drape and garment fit.
    • Add the desired amount of pintucks to each side of the center, remembering that the more pintucks sewn, the more the fabric drape will be affected.
    • Or perhaps it is just the drape of fabric which makes the fashion statement.



(also drapy) adjective
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  • Knitwear and jackets are slim, while pants are slim through the hips and thighs with a soft and drapey flare.
  • They look horrible on the ball, but the tops were soft and drapey.
  • But for anything more tailored, this method makes the rayon far too soft and drapey.


mid 19th century: back-formation from drapery, influenced by French draper 'to drape'. The noun senses date from the early 20th century.

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