The drape of fabric or material is the way it looks — the shape it takes — when it's hanging. If you're sewing a dress, you need to use fabric with the right sort of drape.

You can describe the drape of a piece of velvet or cotton — and you can also use drape to mean "curtain." You could even say, "I just love the drape of those drapes!" When drape is a verb, it means "to cover loosely," as when you drape a quilt over your old sofa to hide its the rips and stains. In the 1940s and 50s, drape was also a slang term for a cool suit of clothes.

Definitions of drape
  1. noun
    the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
    “she adjusted the drape of her skirt”
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    fashion, manner, modality, mode, style, way
    how something is done or how it happens
  2. noun
    hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
    synonyms: curtain, drapery, mantle, pall
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    drop, drop cloth, drop curtain
    a curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies; often used as background scenery
    a curtain of fabric draped and bound at intervals to form graceful curves
    a drapery that covers the front of an altar
    a heavy curtain hung across a doorway
    shower curtain
    a curtain that keeps water from splashing out of the shower area
    theater curtain, theatre curtain
    a hanging cloth that conceals the stage from the view of the audience; rises or parts at the beginning and descends or closes between acts and at the end of a performance
    safety curtain
    a fireproof theater curtain to be dropped in case of fire
    a theater drop that appears opaque until it is lit from behind
    type of:
    blind, screen
    a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
    (usually plural) the instrumentalities (furniture and appliances and other movable accessories including curtains and rugs) that make a home (or other area) livable
  3. noun
    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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    an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
  4. verb
    cover or dress loosely with cloth
    drape the statue with a sheet”
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    type of:
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  5. verb
    cover as if with clothing
    synonyms: cloak, clothe, robe
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    type of:
    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
  6. verb
    place casually
    “The cat draped herself on the sofa”
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    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  7. verb
    arrange in a particular way
    drape a cloth”
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    type of:
    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
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