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drapery

Syllabification: dra·per·y
Pronunciation: /ˈdrāp(ə)rē
 
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Definition of drapery in English:

noun (plural draperies)

1Cloth coverings hanging in loose folds: the hall of the school was hung with green drapery
More example sentences
  • Naked areas are set off by ravishing textiles, and body parts, particularly, are often framed by gorgeously patterned and richly folded draperies.
  • These draperies, of cream linen burlap, hang in her own West Vancouver home.
  • There, it is a sharply bent elbow or a protruding knee that becomes a kind of fulcrum and guide for radiating and zigzagging patterns of wrinkles and folds in the draperies.
1.1 (draperies) Long curtains of heavy fabric.
Example sentences
  • She pushed the apple green draperies aside and peeked.
  • Painted dragons hold up these canvasses, just as the carved silvered and tinted flying dragons support the blue silk satin window draperies, fringed with gold tassels.
  • Vermeer's remarkable paintings, made in his studio facing the market square in Delft, capture a gentle luminance diffused through windows, shutters, curtains and draperies.
1.2The artistic arrangement of clothing in sculpture or painting: the effigy is notable for its flowing drapery
More example sentences
  • The highly unusual drapery of the bronze statue in Milan is, we believe, fashioned in direct reference to this legend, tying the statue to this originary image.
  • A view from her right, though hard to obtain, would reveal how the flowing drapery had reinforced her pointing gesture, which originally directed the viewer's attention toward the altar.
  • The lower part of her mantle cascades in regular folds, but the hem represents a noticeable display of wind blown drapery.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'cloth, fabrics'): from Old French draperie, from drap 'cloth' (see draper).

Words that rhyme with drapery

apery, japery, napery, papery, vapoury (US vapory)

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