Drape Definition

draped, drapes, draping
draped, drapes, draping
To cover, hang, or decorate with or as with cloth or clothes in loose folds.
Webster's New World
To arrange (a garment, cloth, etc.) artistically in folds or hangings.
Webster's New World
To hang or fall in folds, as a garment, cloth, etc.
Webster's New World

To hang or rest limply.


To rail at; to banter.

Cloth hanging in loose folds, or hanging loosely from the thing that it covers.
A surgical drape.
Webster's New World
A heavy curtain that hangs in loose folds; esp., either of a pair of such curtains.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage Medicine
The manner in which cloth hangs or is cut to hang, as in a garment.
Webster's New World
(US) See drapes.

Origin of Drape

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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