What does curtain mean?

Definitions for curtain
ˈkɜr tncur·tain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall(noun)

    hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)

  2. curtain(verb)

    any barrier to communication or vision

    "a curtain of secrecy"; "a curtain of trees"

  3. curtain(verb)

    provide with drapery

    "curtain the bedrooms"


  1. curtain(Noun)

    A piece of cloth covering a window to keep the sun from shining inside.

  2. curtain(Noun)

    A similar piece of cloth that separates the audience and the stage in a theater.

  3. curtain(Noun)

    The flat area of wall which connects two bastions or towers; the main area of a fortified wall.

  4. curtain(Noun)


  5. curtain(Verb)

    To cover (a window) with a curtain; to hang curtains.

  6. Origin: From cortine, from cortina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curtain(noun)

    a hanging screen intended to darken or conceal, and admitting of being drawn back or up, and reclosed at pleasure; esp., drapery of cloth or lace hanging round a bed or at a window; in theaters, and like places, a movable screen for concealing the stage

  2. Curtain(noun)

    that part of the rampart and parapet which is between two bastions or two gates. See Illustrations of Ravelin and Bastion

  3. Curtain(noun)

    that part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc

  4. Curtain(noun)

    a flag; an ensign; -- in contempt

  5. Curtain(verb)

    to inclose as with curtains; to furnish with curtains

  6. Origin: [OE.cortin, curtin,fr. OF. cortine, curtine, F. courtine, LL. cortina, curtian (in senses 1 and 2), also, small court, small inclosure surrounded by walls, from cortis court. See Court.]


  1. Curtain

    A curtain is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light, or drafts, or water in the case of a shower curtain. A curtain is also the movable screen or drape in a theater that separates the stage from the auditorium or that serves as a backdrop. Although the words curtain and drape are commonly used interchangeably, drapes distinguish themselves by containing lining sewn onto the reverse side of the fabric. The purpose of lining is to protect drapes and interior spaces from damaging UV rays, the rotting of silks, adverse light conditions, and fading colored dyes. Linings also provide an immediate aesthetic purpose by adding to the drapeability of the fabric; added weight helps to anchor the drape and creates a more full and luxurious window treatment. Unlike windows with drapes, windows with curtains lack the added benefit of light control and will exhibit a striping effect during daylight hours; a term that describes a visible striped effect caused by uneven light distribution between the areas of the curtain where it rests in front of the window juxtaposed with where it rests in front of the wall.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Curtain

    kur′tin, n. drapery hung round and enclosing a bed, &c.: the part of a rampart between two bastions.—v.t. to enclose or furnish with curtains.—n. Cur′tain-lec′ture, a lecture or reproof given in bed by a wife to her husband.—Behind the curtain, away from public view; Draw the curtain, to draw it aside, so as to show what is behind, or in front of anything so as to hide it. [O. Fr. cortine—Low L. cortina; prob. L. cors, cortis, a court.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. curtain

    In fortification, that part of the rampart which is between the flanks of two opposite bastions, which are thereby connected.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. curtain

    In fortification, is that part of the rampart or wall between two bastions or two gates.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'curtain' in Nouns Frequency: #1270

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of curtain in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of curtain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of curtain in a Sentence

  1. Rainer Maria Rilke:

    Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.

  2. Hiroshi Takahashi:

    The curtain has gone up on a new era that will be filled with hope.

  3. Edwin Bernard:

    It was a whole curtain of fire, there was fire on all sides. We had to leave.

  4. David Demming on Labor Day:

    The curtain is going to come down, and you're going to lose the opportunity to do certain things.

  5. Winston Churchill:

    From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.

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