por·​tiere | \ pȯr-ˈtyer How to pronounce portiere (audio) , -ˈtir; ˈpȯr-tē-ər How to pronounce portiere (audio) \

Definition of portiere

: a curtain hanging across a doorway

Examples of portiere in a Sentence

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First Known Use of portiere

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for portiere

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

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“Portiere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portiere. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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