- The definition of a curtain is any sort of covering, especially a piece of cloth that covers a window or opening.
An example of a curtain is a long drape covering a stage before a play begins.
- Curtain is described as to cover with or decorate with fabric.
An example of curtain is to put decorative coverings on the windows.
curtain definition by Webster's New World
- a piece of cloth or other material, sometimes arranged so that it can be drawn up or sideways, hung for decoration, as at a window, or to cover, conceal, or shut off something
- anything that covers, conceals, separates, or shuts off: a curtain of fog
- that part of a wall between two bastions, gates, etc.
- Archit. an enclosing wall that does not support a roof
- the large drape or hanging screen at the front of the stage, which is drawn up or aside to reveal the stage
- the opening of the curtain at the beginning, or its closing at the end, of a play, act, or scene
- an effect, line, or situation in a play just before the curtain closes
- curtain call
- ☆ Slang death; the end
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French cortine ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin cortina, literally a cauldron, enclosing circle of a theater, curtain (; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to curve); used in Vulgate instead of Classical Latin cors, cohors (see court) to translate Classical Greek aulaia, curtain (esp. in a theater) ; from aulē, open court, taken as if same word as Classical Latin aula, pot: for Indo-European base see oven
- to provide or decorate with a curtain
- to cover, conceal, or shut off as with a curtain
curtain definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Material that hangs in a window or other opening as a decoration, shade, or screen.
- Something that functions as or resembles a screen, cover, or barrier: the curtain of mist before the mountain; a heavy curtain of artillery fire.
- a. The movable screen or drape in a theater or hall that separates the stage from the auditorium or that serves as a backdrop.b. The rising or opening of a theater curtain at the beginning of a performance or act.c. The time at which a theatrical performance begins or is scheduled to begin.d. The fall or closing of a theater curtain at the end of a performance or act.e. The concluding line, speech, or scene of a play or act.
- The part of a rampart or parapet connecting two bastions or gates.
- Architecture A curtain wall.
- curtains Slang a. The end.b. Absolute ruin: “If the employee doesn't shape up, it's curtains” (Business Week).c. Death.
- To provide (something) with or as if with a curtain.
- To shut off (something) with or as if with a curtain.
Origin: Middle English cortine, from Old French, from Late Latin cōrtīna, from Latin cōrs, cōrt-, variant of cohors, court; see court.
curtain - Phrases/Idioms
draw the curtain onor drop the curtain on
- to end
- to conceal
lift the curtain onor raise the curtain on
- to begin
- to reveal