• WordNet 3.6
    • n drapery hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
    • n drapery cloth gracefully draped and arranged in loose folds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Drapery A textile fabric used for decorative purposes, especially when hung loosely and in folds carefully disturbed; as: Garments or vestments of this character worn upon the body, or shown in the representations of the human figure in art. Hangings of a room or hall, or about a bed. "Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch
      About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."
      "All the decent drapery of life is to be rudely torn off.""The casting of draperies . . . is one of the most important of an artist's studies."
    • Drapery Cloth, or woolen stuffs in general. "People who ought to be weighing out grocery or measuring out drapery ."
    • Drapery The occupation of a draper; cloth-making, or dealing in cloth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n drapery The occupation of a draper; the trade of making or of selling cloth.
    • n drapery Cloth, or textile fabrics of any description.
    • n drapery Such cloth or textile fabrics when used for garments or for upholstery; specifically, in sculp. and painting, the representation of the clothing or dress of human figures; also, tapestry, hangings, curtains, etc.
    • drapery To drape; cover with draperies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Drapery cloth goods: hangings of any kind: the draper's business:
    • n Drapery (art) the representation of the dress of human figures
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. draperie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. drapierdrap, from a Teut. root. See Drab.


In literature:

The obviously statuesque and draperies were Andrea's devices for keeping his head above water in the rising tide of the Michelangelesque.
"The Florentine Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
The cast of the folds in the ample red drapery of St. Christopher, as in the upper picture, reminds us still of the earlier style.
"Great Pictures, As Seen and Described by Famous Writers"
Ida rose, and came gracefully to meet them with a sinuous movement and a long sweep of her rose-colored draperies.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Heavy, rich materials suit a tall figure, while light, full draperies should only be worn by those of slender proportions and not too short.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Then the red drapery fell.
"Bob Hampton of Placer" by Randall Parrish
The draperies partake of the character of late Roman art.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Over-fussy curtains and draperies at the windows should also be avoided.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
Wonderful tusser silk draperies fell about her, with ink-spots on the sleeves; her hair was magnificent.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
The hand of Rosso cannot be easily detected except in the drapery, which differs a good deal from Donatello's.
"Donatello" by David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
The colour of the best-preserved pictures by Titian shows a marked distinction between light flesh tones and white drapery.
"The Mind of the Artist" by Various

In poetry:

Then leafy silence, that is musk
With breath of the magnolia-tree,
While dwindles, moon-white, through the dusk
Her drapery.
"Tones" by Madison Julius Cawein
Something which I saw not — my eyes
Were not on heaven — a star, perchance,
Or some bright drapery of the skies,
Had caught her earnest, upper glance.
"A Year's Courtship" by Henry Timrod
Where every flower was a thought;
And every bird, a melody;
And every fragrance, zephyr brought,
Was but the rainbowed drapery
Of some sweet dream long sought.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
Her feet below her drapery shine
Like roses under clinging sprays,
When, late in summer, lolls the vine;—
Like flag-leaves in long August days,
To moods perverse her body sways.
"Aoede" by Maurice Thompson
Before the expiring embers' fitful light
Watches a wife, a mother, through the night,
Her fair brow hung with care's cold drapery white;
Her thoughts upon a desert of hope's dearth,
A dying heart beside a darkening hearth.
"The Peasant" by Ernest Jones
Steel rails an' sausage skins, cotton goods an' fal-de-rals,
Drapery an' rollin'-stock an' pocket knives an' sich;
That was how we took it out
When we was but a growin' lout;
But sich-like habits calls for doubt
Now we are grown an' rich.
"Advance Australia" by C J Dennis

In news:

The award-winning hospitality designer Kirk Nix dresses his dream hotel with Beverly Boulevard, a selection of upholstery fabrics and drapery sheers.
Light draperies are comprised of points of light that collectively form dynamic visuals and backdrops for wide-ranging venues, including theatres, tradeshows, casinos, theme parks, concerts, and corporate events.
Always have draperies dry cleaned unless the label indicates that they're washable.
Somfy Systems Introduces New Glydea™ Range for Drapery Motorization.
Bottom hem of lining on lined draperies is double folded (triple layers) to enhance the draping elegance.
NEW YORK -Waverly and Kirsch have entered into a licensing agreement to produce a complete line of drapery hardware, custom blinds and custom window shades.
Somfy Systems Introduces New Glydea™ Range for Drapery Motorization .
Dayton, NJ — Somfy Systems, Inc broadens the capabilities of drapery motorization with the new Glydea™ Range.
Inc to design original set draperies for Greek-Cypriot pop diva Anna Vissi's newest tour.
The addition of drapery panels or curtains will also help to shut out the light completely whenever you wish.
But is land so important to fight for that you reduce yourself to wearing drapery and marrying a man you don't love.
Cascade Coil Drapery, Inc, of Tual­atin, Oregon, has introduced GuardianCoil, a new blast-mitigation fabric.
Inspired by the design of the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, England, the room features crystal chandeliers, silk draperies, palm leaf columns, wallpaper panels, leather furnishings and individual table lamps.
Custom Theatrical Staging, Scenery , Drapery, Turntables and much more.
Manufactures custom stage curtains, theatrical draperies, stage backdrops, and other theatrical supplies used for rock concerts and special events.