n. pl. drap·er·ies
1. Cloth or clothing gracefully arranged in loose folds.
2. A piece or pieces of heavy fabric hanging straight in loose folds, used as a curtain.
3. Cloth; fabric.
4. Chiefly British The business of a draper.
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