curtain

noun
cur·​tain | \ ˈkər-tᵊn How to pronounce curtain (audio) \

Definition of curtain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a hanging screen usually capable of being drawn back or up especially : window drapery
2 : a device or agency that conceals or acts as a barrier — compare iron curtain
3a : the part of a bastioned front that connects two neighboring bastions
b(1) : a similar stretch of plain wall
(2) : a nonbearing exterior wall
4a : the movable screen separating the stage from the auditorium of a theater
b : the ascent or opening (as at the beginning of a play) of a stage curtain also : its descent or closing (as at the end of an act)
c : the final situation, line, or scene of an act or play
d : the time at which a theatrical performance begins
e curtains plural : end especially : death it will be curtains for us if we're caught

curtain

verb
curtained; curtaining\ ˈkərt-​niŋ How to pronounce curtain (audio) , -​ˈkər-​tᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of curtain (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with or as if with curtains
2 : to veil or shut off with or as if with a curtain

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Other Words from curtain

Noun

curtainless \ ˈkər-​tᵊn-​ləs How to pronounce curtain (audio) \ adjective

Examples of curtain in a Sentence

Noun Curtains separated the hospital beds. When the curtain rises after intermission, the set is bare and the main character finds himself alone. As the curtain falls for the last time, we see a young woman holding a dying man in her arms. Verb she dropped her head and in shame curtained her face with her hair
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But instead, for the first time in twenty years, a U.S. president has pulled back the curtain and exposed a reality we were never meant to see. Caroline Orr Bueno, The New Republic, 23 Aug. 2021 For her last Olympic event, Biles willingly pulled back the curtain on what went so terribly wrong in the past week. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Aug. 2021 Microsoft finally pulled back the curtain on Windows 11 last month. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 6 July 2021 In a multipart series, Mandy McLaren and Olivia Krauth pulled back the curtain on busing the myths surrounding the district's desegregation efforts. Laura Ungar, The Courier-Journal, 29 June 2021 Now, the scandal over the private Facebook group has pulled back the curtain on what some see as a catty, two-faced culture in his office. Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 UnREAL, co-created by The Bachelor alum Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, which pulled back the curtain on reality TV; Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer’s codependent, possibly sociopathic producer characters are obvious antecedents to Robyn and Caroline. Judy Berman, Time, 11 June 2021 The pandemic has pulled back the curtain to expose a rickety, fragmented system. NBC News, 7 Apr. 2021 For the first time this spring, Ohio State football opened practice to the media and pulled back the curtain ever so slightly on the quarterback competition. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Student Rush is $10, cash only, available 15 minutes prior to curtain. courant.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Student Rush tickets are available 15 minutes prior to curtain. courant.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Both Elliott and Lamb suggest heavy-duty Command hooks and a dowel or curtain rod to hang lightweight curtains or fabric panels over less-than-attractive windows or unsightly blinds. Laura Daily, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Both Elliott and Lamb suggest heavy-duty Command hooks and a dowel or curtain rod to hang lightweight curtains or fabric panels over less-than-attractive windows or unsightly blinds. Laura Daily, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Both Elliott and Lamb suggest heavy-duty Command hooks and a dowel or curtain rod to hang lightweight curtains or fabric panels over less-than-attractive windows or unsightly blinds. Laura Daily, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Come summer, the nation may become increasingly bifurcated between those who are permitted to watch sports, take classes, get their hair cut, and eat barbecue with others, and those who are left behind the spike protein curtain. BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2021 Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, its turbulence spelled by a hopeful but doomed melody, served as entr’acte rather than curtain raiser. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 11 May 2021 Both Elliott and Lamb suggest heavy-duty Command hooks and a dowel or curtain rod to hang lightweight curtains or fabric panels over less-than-attractive windows or unsightly blinds. Laura Daily, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of curtain

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for curtain

Noun

Middle English curtine, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin cortina (translation of Greek aulaia, from aulē court), from Latin cohort-, cohors enclosure, court — more at court

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The first known use of curtain was in the 14th century

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13 Sep 2021

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“Curtain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curtain. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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curtain

noun

English Language Learners Definition of curtain

: a piece of cloth that hangs down from above a window and can be used to cover the window
: a piece of cloth or other material that is hung to protect or hide something
: a very large piece of cloth that hangs at the front of a stage and that is raised when a performance begins and lowered when a performance ends

curtain

noun
cur·​tain | \ ˈkər-tᵊn How to pronounce curtain (audio) \

Kids Definition of curtain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a piece of material (as cloth) hung up to darken, hide, divide, or decorate
2 : something that covers, hides, or separates like a curtain a curtain of fog

curtain

verb
curtained; curtaining

Kids Definition of curtain (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to furnish with cloth that darkens, hides, divides, or decorates
2 : to hide or shut off

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