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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: draper, from drap 'cloth'

drape

verb
     
drape [transitive]
1 to put something somewhere so that it hangs or lies loosely
drape something over/around/across something
He took off his coat and draped it over a chair.
Mina lay back, her arms draped lazily over the cushions.
2D to cover or decorate something with a cloth
drape something over/around something
Jack emerged with a towel draped around him.
drape something with/in something
The soldiers' coffins were draped with American flags.
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