A living room with elegant drapes
- The definition of a drape is a cloth that hangs loosely or in folds.
An example of a drape is a curtain.
- Drape is defined as to cover or hang something with cloth, or to arrange cloth to fall in folds.
An example of drape is to put a light shawl over your shoulders.
transitive verbdraped, drap′ing
- to cover, hang, or decorate with or as with cloth or clothes in loose folds
- to arrange (a garment, cloth, etc.) artistically in folds or hangings
Origin of drapeMiddle English drapen, to weave into cloth, drape from Old French draper from drap: see drab
- cloth hanging in loose folds, or hanging loosely from the thing that it covers: a surgical drape
- a heavy curtain that hangs in loose folds; esp., either of a pair of such curtains
- the manner in which cloth hangs or is cut to hang, as in a garment
Origin of drapeFr drap, cloth
verbdraped, drap·ing, drapes
- To cover, hang, or decorate with cloth in loose folds: draped the coffin with a flag; a robe that draped her figure.
- To arrange or let fall in loose folds: draping the banner from the balcony.
- To hang or rest limply: draped my legs over the chair.
- A drapery; a curtain.
- A paper or cloth covering placed over a patient's body during medical examination or treatment, designed to provide privacy or a sterile operative field.
- The way in which cloth falls or hangs: adjusted the drape of the gown.
Origin of drapeMiddle English drapen to weave from Old French draper from drap cloth from Late Latin drappus
(third-person singular simple present drapes, present participle draping, simple past and past participle draped)
From Middle English drape (noun, “a drape”), from Old French draper (“to drape", also, "to full cloth”), from drap (“cloth, drabcloth”), from Late Latin drappus, drapus (“drabcloth, kerchief”), a word first recorded in the Capitularies of Charlemagne, probably from Frankish *drapi, *drāpi (“that which is fulled, drabcloth”, literally “that which is struck or for striking”) , from Proto-Germanic *drapiz (“a strike, hit, blow”) and Proto-Germanic *drēpiz (“intended for striking, to be beaten”), both from *drepaną (“to beat, strike”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrebʰ- (“to beat, crush, make or become thick”) . Cognate with English drub (“to beat”), North Frisian dreep (“a blow”), Low German drapen, dräpen (“to strike”), German treffen (“to meet”), Swedish dräpa (“to slay”). More at drub.