AskDefine | Define drapery

Dictionary Definition



1 hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window) [syn: curtain, drape, mantle, pall]
2 cloth gracefully draped and arranged in loose folds

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈdreɪpəri/


  1. cloth draped gracefully in folds
  2. a piece of cloth, hung vertically as a curtain; a drape

Extensive Definition

Drapery refers to cloths or textiles (Old French drap, from Late Latin drappus) used for decorative purposes--such on windows--or to the trade of selling cloth. Even small British towns had several drapers' shops until quite recently, when ready-made clothes, curtains, etc have become the norm. Several department stores originated as drapers' shops.
The depiction of draperies revealing and concealing the human form has been a major theme of sculpture and painting.


drapery in German: Draperie

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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