iron curtainiron curtain
- [oftenI- C-] a barrier of secrecy and censorship regarded as isolating the Soviet Union and other countries in its sphere: often with the
- a similar barrier to information in other regions
Origin of iron curtainprobably calque of German eiserner vorhang, as used by Joseph Goebbels: popularized by Winston Churchill in a speech (1946)
- often Iron Curtain The military, political, and ideological barrier established between the Soviet bloc and western Europe from 1945 to 1990.
- A barrier that prevents free exchange of ideas and information: “That department and the editorial department are separated by an almost impenetrable iron curtain” ( Brendan Gill )
(plural iron curtains)
- (historical) The dividing line between Western Europe and the Soviet controlled regions, especially during the Cold War.
- 5 March 1946: From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an "iron curtain" has descended across the Continent. — speech by Winston Churchill
Specialised use of iron curtain.
- Used (in German) during World War II by Joseph Goebbels. In English it appeared in telegrams from Winston Churchill to Harry S. Truman in 1945 before being popularized by Churchill in a speech he gave at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri 5 March 1946. (Reference: wikipedia on Iron Curtain, and Nigel Rees, Sayings of the Century on telegrams.)