- 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.
- a piece of cloth or other material, sometimes arranged so that it can be drawn up or sideways: it may be hung for decoration, as at a window, or used 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
- [pl.]Slang death; the end
Origin of curtainMiddle English and 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 aul?, open court, taken as if the 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
bring down the curtain on
- to end
- to conceal
lift the curtain on
- to begin
- to reveal
- A piece of fabric or other material that hangs in a window or open space as a decoration, shade, screen, or divider.
- Something that functions as or resembles a screen, cover, divider, 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.
- 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.
transitive verbcur·tained, cur·tain·ing, cur·tains
- To provide (something) with a curtain or curtains.
- To close off (something) with a curtain or curtains.
Origin of curtainMiddle English cortine from Old French from Late Latin cōrtīna from Latin cōrs cōrt- variant of cohors court ; see court .
- A piece of cloth covering a window, bed, etc. to offer privacy and keep out light.
- A similar piece of cloth that separates the audience and the stage in a theater.
- (fortifications) The flat area of wall which connects two bastions or towers; the main area of a fortified wall.
- (euphemistic, also "final curtain") death
- (architecture) That part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc.
(third-person singular simple present curtains, present participle curtaining, simple past and past participle curtained)
- To cover (a window) with a curtain; to hang curtains.