cou·​lisse | \ kü-ˈlēs How to pronounce coulisse (audio) , -ˈlis \

Definition of coulisse

1a : a side scene of a stage also : the space between the side scenes
b : a backstage area
2 : a piece of timber having a groove in which something glides

Examples of coulisse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crafted from handmade Japanese paper and bamboo in three colorways, each with a different configuration, including a T-shape and a single panel, the collection is named for coulisses — painted pieces of scenery that give a stage set its dimension. New York Times, "An Eclectic German Getaway, Utilitarian Fall Boots and More," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of coulisse

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coulisse

French, from Old French coulice portcullis, from feminine of coleïz flowing, sliding, from couler

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“Coulisse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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