Curtain Definition

curtained, curtains
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.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
Anything that covers, conceals, separates, or shuts off.
A curtain of fog.
Webster's New World
The large drape or hanging screen at the front of the stage, which is drawn up or aside to reveal the stage.
Webster's New World
The opening of the curtain at the beginning, or its closing at the end, of a play, act, or scene.
Webster's New World
curtained, curtains
To provide or decorate with a curtain.
Webster's New World
To cover, conceal, or shut off as with a curtain.
Webster's New World
bring down the curtain on
  • to end
  • to conceal
Webster's New World
lift the curtain on
  • to begin
  • to reveal
Webster's New World

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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Curtain

  • bring down the curtain on
  • lift the curtain on

Origin of Curtain

  • Middle English cortine from Old French from Late Latin cōrtīna from Latin cōrs cōrt- variant of cohors court court

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French cortine, from Latin cortina.

    From Wiktionary

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