cou·​lisse kü-ˈlēs How to pronounce coulisse (audio)
: a side scene of a stage
also : the space between the side scenes
: a backstage area
: 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, 11 Oct. 2019

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of coulisse was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Coulisse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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