See also: drapé, dråpe, and драпе



From Middle English drape (a drape, noun), from Old French draper (to drape; 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)[1], 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 *dʰreb- (to beat, crush, make or become thick)[2]. 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.


  • IPA(key): /dɹeɪp/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪp


drape (plural drapes)

  1. (Britain) A curtain; a drapery.
  2. (textiles) The way in which fabric falls or hangs.
  3. (US) A member of a youth subculture distinguished by its sharp dress, especially peg-leg pants (1950s: e.g. Baltimore, MD). Antonym: square
  4. A dress made from an entire piece of cloth, without having pieces cut away as in a fitted garment.

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  2. ^ Skeat, An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, "Drab."
  • MANNERS & MORALS: The Drapes [1]


drape (third-person singular simple present drapes, present participle draping, simple past and past participle draped)

  1. (transitive) To cover or adorn with drapery or folds of cloth, or as with drapery
    to drape a bust, a building, etc.
    • 1840, Thomas De Quincey, Theory of Greek Tragedy
      The whole people were still draped professionally.
    • a. 1892, George Washington Bungay, The Artists of the Air
      These starry blossoms, pure and white, / Soft falling, falling, through the night, / Have draped the woods and mere.
    • 2019 November 21, “Pope Francis meets Thai Buddhist patriarch on visit promoting religious peace”, in The Straits Times[2], SPH Digital News, retrieved 2019-11-22:
      The pair sat before a brilliant gold Buddha statue inside the ornate temple, built 150 years ago by the former Thai King – the supreme patriarch barefoot and draped in orange robes as they spoke.
  2. (transitive) To spread over, cover.
    I draped my towel over the radiator to dry.
  3. To rail at; to banter.
    • 1672-679, William Temple, Memoirs
      At my Arrival , the King asked me many questions about my Journey, about the Congress, draping us for spending him so money
  4. To make cloth.
  5. To design drapery, arrange its folds, etc., as for hangings, costumes, statues, etc.
  6. To hang or rest limply







  1. first-person singular present indicative of draper
  2. third-person singular present indicative of draper
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of draper
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of draper
  5. second-person singular imperative of draper