Drapery Dra"per*y, n.; pl. {Draperies}. [F. draperie.] 1. The occupation of a draper; cloth-making, or dealing in cloth. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Cloth, or woolen stuffs in general. [1913 Webster]

People who ought to be weighing out grocery or measuring out drapery. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. A textile fabric used for decorative purposes, especially when hung loosely and in folds carefully disturbed; as: (a) Garments or vestments of this character worn upon the body, or shown in the representations of the human figure in art. (b) Hangings of a room or hall, or about a bed. [1913 Webster]

Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]

All the decent drapery of life is to be rudely torn off. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

{Casting of draperies}. See under {Casting}. [1913 Webster]

The casting of draperies . . . is one of the most important of an artist's studies. --Fairholt. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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