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 curtaining (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 curtainless (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 That could mean drawing a curtain between the mother and newborn and keeping them at least six feet apart. Hector Chapa, The Conversation, "Pregnant in a time of coronavirus - the changing risks and what you need to know," 28 Mar. 2020 The space is personal and quirky, with a marlin mounted on the wall, a stuffed pheasant and a half-curtain separating dining room from visible kitchen. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "It’s tough to score a table at this tiny Baltimore bistro, but you’ll be so happy you did," 11 Mar. 2020 On February 18, the 12 participants who got engaged during the show, taped in fall 2018 reunited in front of a very bright purple curtain. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Love is Blind' reunion shockers: A makeup, near breakup, and accusations of being 'sheisty'," 5 Mar. 2020 Inside the hinge, Samsung has included some small bristles that act like a curtain to keep dust and dirt out of the hinge gears. Dallas News, "Another Samsung folding phone — the Galaxy Z Flip deserves your attention," 27 Feb. 2020 But those transitions took a lot more than the rise and fall of a curtain in a traditional set change. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Behind the scenes: This Louisville business has a vaudeville theater hiding in its ceiling," 19 Feb. 2020 Page was shielded from the audience's view with a stage curtain. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "The Wiggles' Greg Page collapses on stage during concert for Australia bushfire relief," 17 Jan. 2020 Overhead, 4,600 bronze rods create a textural canopy, a metallic sky curtain that dips and arches above the dining room set on multiple levels. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Guard and Grace steakhouse ready to impress Houston," 18 Nov. 2019 Loud chatter emerged from beyond a curtain separating the jubilant Heat players and the area in front of the home dressing room. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gulls drop the puck again in home opener," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Five women organize an astonishing array of costumes, tap shoes and feather boas into small, curtained-off, makeshift dressing rooms backstage. New York Times, "Out of the Spotlight, Still a Star: The ‘Backstage Diva’," 12 Mar. 2020 During a session, you are taken to a small curtained-off room and tucked in to a sleeping bag that serves as an infrared sauna, and monitored by attendants as the bag gets warmer and warmer, raising your heart rate and causing you to sweat. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "21 Wellness, Fitness & Feel-Good Events and Products We're Loving Right Now," 17 Dec. 2019 The upper bowl was curtained off, and there were pockets of empty seats in the lower bowl, and plenty of elbow room in the large pit around the stage. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dirt bikes and pyro can't save the Chainsmokers' mindless Milwaukee show, but 5 Seconds of Summer a blast," 13 Nov. 2019 Which explains why the 300-level of Moda Center was curtained-off on Tuesday, and why there were still lots of empty seats. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Final Four plans hatched high above the Oregon and Oregon State basketball," 13 Nov. 2019 During the cocktail hour that followed, the site of the ceremony was curtained off so it could be transformed into a space for a formal dinner to be served. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "They're Married! Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell Wed After Whirlwind Engagement — All the Details," 25 Oct. 2019 On Wednesday, the entrance to the building was curtained and blocked off with two large potted plants; a doorman greeted residents at a side door. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Car smashes into lobby of Trump Plaza in NYC suburb," 18 Sep. 2019 Her attic apartment, upstairs from Mary, is hung with fabrics and curtained with beads, furnished with a lamp made from a wicker seamstress’ dummy and a single-girl’s refrigerator. Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: With Rhoda Morgenstern, Valerie Harper made the sidekick a star," 31 Aug. 2019 The guest rooms come in four categories, such as the Family Room, which features curtained bunk beds, and the 45-square-foot Cabin, ideal for solo travelers with retractable limbs. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Grab your jammies for an Ikea sleepover in Sweden," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for curtain

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

5 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Curtain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curtain. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for curtain

curtain

noun
How to pronounce curtain (audio)

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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