An example of drape is to put a light shawl over your shoulders.
An example of a drape is a curtain.
Draped the coffin with a flag; a robe that draped her figure.
Draping the banner from the balcony.
Draped my legs over the chair.
Arranged the cloth to drape over the table legs.
Adjusted the drape of the gown.
Origin of drape
- Middle English drapen to weave from Old French draper from drap cloth from Late Latin drappus
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.