por·​tiere pȯr-ˈtyer How to pronounce portiere (audio)
ˈpȯr-tē-ər How to pronounce portiere (audio)
: a curtain hanging across a doorway

Examples of portiere in a Sentence

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Word History


French portière, from Old French, feminine of portier, porter porter, doorkeeper

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of portiere was in 1638

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“Portiere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portiere. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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