Definition of draper in US English:

draper

noun

British
dated
  • A person who sells cloth and dry goods.

    • ‘Isaac Barrow's father, Thomas Barrow, was a linen draper by trade.’
    • ‘The drab life of the draper's shop, its trivial incidents, are made interesting and important.’
    • ‘By 1429 he had accumulated almost £130 in debts owed to fellow townsmen, other Essex men, and several Londoners; among the creditors were two fishmongers, two drapers and two ironmongers.’
    • ‘He toiled as a Broughton draper, selling cloth to merchants.’
    • ‘Others, like vintners, mercers, and drapers, dealt in goods brought into the town from more distant parts.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a maker of woolen cloth): from Old French drapier, from drap ‘cloth’, from late Latin drappus.

Pronunciation

draper

/ˈdrāpər//ˈdreɪpər/