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drape (v.)

c. 1400, drapen, "to ornament with cloth hangings;" mid-15c., "to weave into cloth," from Old French draper "to weave, make cloth" (13c., in Modern French "to cover with mourning-cloth, dress, drape"), from drap "cloth, piece of cloth, sheet, bandage," from Late Latin drapus, which is perhaps of Gaulish origin (compare Old Irish drapih "mantle, garment"). Meaning "to cover with drapery" is from 1847. Meaning "to cause to hang or stretch out loosely or carelessly" is from 1943. Related: Draped; draping.

drape (n.)

1660s, "cloth, drapery," from drape (v.). Jive talk slang for "suit of clothes" is attested from 1945. Drapes "curtains" is by 1895. 

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Definitions of drape from WordNet
1
drape (v.)
arrange in a particular way;
drape a cloth
drape (v.)
place casually;
The cat draped herself on the sofa
drape (v.)
cover as if with clothing;
Synonyms: clothe / cloak / robe
drape (v.)
cover or dress loosely with cloth;
drape the statue with a sheet
2
drape (n.)
hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window);
Synonyms: curtain / drapery / mantle / pall
drape (n.)
the manner in which fabric hangs or falls;
she adjusted the drape of her skirt
drape (n.)
a sterile covering arranged over a patient's body during a medical examination or during surgery in order to reduce the possibility of contamination;
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